How do i collect back wages from a wages public work projects. They will not return calls should I contact GC. 2 years back

Asked almost 2 years ago - Sacramento, CA

Helped out an old friend and was not compensated properly. Used own vehicle parts etc. The nice guy always loose. What if anything can I do. They paid me $30. Or less with out a pay schedule. My hours logged were different from pay.

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  1. Deborah Barron

    Contributor Level 12


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    Answered . I would suggest you contact an employement law attorney familiar with Labor Department complaints and public works projects as they require you be paid prevailing wage by certain guidelines that are different than those applicable to regular employees. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

    Barron Law Corporation Sacramento & San Francisco. 916-486-1712 or 800-529-5908. Email Deborah at: deborah.... more
  2. Marilynn Mika Spencer

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . It will make a difference whether you were hired as an independent contractor or as an employee. Please see my Avvo guide detailing which workers are employees and which workers are independent contractors:

    If you were hired as an employee, you can pursue a claim via a private attorney or via the DLSE. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) is a sub-agency within the California Department of Industrial Relations. Some people refer to the DLSE as the Labor Commissioner. The DLSE enforces California's wage and hour laws, including those pertaining to overtime, rest and meal breaks, and more. The link for information on filing a wage claim is here:

    To find a plaintiffs employment attorney in California, please go to the web site of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA). CELA is the largest and most influential bar association in the state for attorneys who represent working people. The web site is Click on "Find a CELA Member" and you can search by location and practice area. Many CELA attorneys represent clients throughout the state.

    I hope you can resolve your situation and wish you the best. *** All legal actions have time limits, called statutes of limitation. If you miss the... more

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