The Watkins Firm has decades of experience protecting San Diego employers against a wage theft labor hearing. “Wage Theft” is a term coined by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office to describe any wage related dispute between an employer and employee. The mere term – wage theft – connotes guilt on the part of the employer. What should you do if you receive a notification inviting you to an “informal” hearing or conference at the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, the EDD or another agency? This is a huge red flag, and you should contact the experienced San Diego employer defense attorneys at the Watkins Firm immediately for a free consultation at 858-535-1511.
Labor Related Hearings and Conferences are NOT Informal
Protecting San Diego employers against a wage theft labor hearing begins with an understanding of the task at hand for our clients. It is important to understand there is no such thing as an “informal” hearing or conference. Many employers walk into these situations expecting just that – an informal conversation – only to be immediately ambushed with detailed questions about California labor laws and practices at their company. The deputy Labor Commissioner or hearing officer quickly “establishes” something to the effect of “you don’t even know or understand California’s labor laws, so its obvious you don’t know how to administer them.” What follows is a finding for the employee and an immediate recommendation for a “settlement conference.” This means the amount of the large checks you are about to write your employee and the State of California.
The attorneys at the Watkins Firm investigate the complaint and the source of the request. We gather all available information and prepare you for the hearing or conference. We organize the information necessary to quickly dispense with the questioning and move to request an outright dismissal of the matter. Our clients value the way we prepare them for these events, the organization and documentation we prepare and the effective outcomes we are able to achieve protecting San Diego employers against a wage theft labor hearing.
We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 for a complimentary consultation today.