Wage and Hour Disputes

Our North Coast attorneys have litigated multiple complex wage and hour disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants. We have litigated wage and hour disputes before administrative agencies, state courts and federal courts. In 2009, our firm was awarded the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) award based upon our representation of approximately 1000 workers in a wage and hour dispute with a Humboldt County floral farm. We have protected multiple local businesses by providing advice regarding wage and hour laws and have provided vigorous defenses to local employers regarding  wage and hour disputes. We appear frequently before the local administrative law judge in Humboldt County regarding wage and hour disputes.

Wage and hour disputes often involve the following issues:
  • Misclassification of employees as exempt or as independent contractors
  • Failure to pay otherwise exempt employees on a salary basis
  • Unpaid on-duty meal periods
  • Denied reimbursements
  • Miscalculated commissions and bonuses
  • Tip pooling
If you have questions regarding a wage and hour laws or seek advice in bringing or defending against a claim involving a wage and hour dispute, please contact our office to set up an appointment with one of our employment lawyers.


In 2009, our firm obtained a large class action settlement on behalf of a class approximately 1000 floral farm workers who were misclassified as being exempt from overtime for work in excess of eight (8) hours per day and forty (40) hours per week. In recognition of this success, California Lawyer Magazine awarded one of our attorneys with the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) award.