James Carl Eschen III
James Carl Eschen III, Employment / Labor Attorney - Santa Cruz, CA
Posted over 2 years ago.

Three reasons to go to small claims court instead of bringing a regular civil action:

1. It's faster.

2. If the employer pays the wages but not the penalties, then wages are no longer at issues and the court cannot award fees;

3. The court may not award the attorney's entire fees, especially if it thinks that the plaintiff should have gone to small claims court.

Marilynn Mika Spencer
Marilynn Mika Spencer, Employment / Labor Attorney - San Diego, CA
Posted over 2 years ago.

Mr. Eschen makes an excellent point!