The Watkins Firm has decades of experience defending San Diego wage and hour legal issues for employers throughout Southern California. Wage and Hour lawsuits have become one of the primary sources of litigation for employers in the San Diego region. While recent signals from Washington D.C. hint at a revised stance on the previous administrations overtime policies and interpretation of independent contractors, this has not affected the proliferation of lawsuits by federal and state agencies, as well as employees.
The misclassification of independent contractors is a primary example. The California Employment Development Department or EDD has made it clear that this is a primary issue going forward, and it will follow the recent US Supreme Court decision. The decision changed the dynamics by which an independent contractor classification could be made. The central issues shifted from control to the financial relationship between the parties as well as the genuine independence of the contractor.
Unpaid overtime allegations and resulting lawsuits have never been higher. Often these accusations come from former employees who claim they were “expected” to work nights and weekends as part of their job, even though they were not paid for those hours. Employees will point to emails, cell phone calls and access of your company’s systems and applications to attempt to establish unpaid overtime violations.
San Diego employers need the wage and hour defense attorneys of the Watkins Firm who have experience defending San Diego wage and hour legal issues for employers and business owners alike. Our decades of service to the San Diego business community and our successful track record in trial verdicts provides confidence in our ability to accomplish the best possible outcome in your case. If you face questions of wage and hour violations including overtime, minimum wage violations, issues regarding straight commissions or deferred compensation or employees who allege they are misclassified as independent contractors we invite you to contact us or call 858-535-1511 for a free consultation.