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California wage theft case comes to a settlement

Many people stay in the same job because they love what they do. Others may stay in the same job because they worry that they will not be able to find anything else. Unfortunately, for those in the latter group, staying in positions with poor working conditions, including wage theft, is not unusual.

It was recently reported that a California case involving wage theft came to a settlement. The case has been ongoing for three years and was filed after workers for a chain of residential care homes came forward about their compensation concerns. Apparently, the workers were forced to work nearly 90 hours a week and were paid only $4 an hour in some cases.

Some of the workers were live-in caregivers, and they were reportedly told by the owners of the facilities that they would be evicted for complaining. Reports also indicated that workers were intimidated into signing false statements regarding their work conditions and that the employers attempted to prevent the workers from exercising their rights. The details of the settlement indicate that the owners of the facilities will pay $1.1 million in back wages and penalties to 66 workers.

It is fortunate that this California case has come to a favorable outcome for the affected workers. Of course, there are numerous other individuals likely still facing wage theft and who feel unsure about what to do. If workers believe that they are not being properly compensated for their work, they may want to discuss their concerns with employment law attorneys.

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