I work for the University of California, Berkeley as a janitorial supevisor and have not been paid overtime. I am told that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act is the law that covers me. Can I file my claim with the California Labor Commissioner or do I have to file it with a federal agency?
You should file with the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Caveat: a number of California Labor Laws do not apply to the University of California.
Yes, overtime does fall within the scope of the Cal. Labor Commissioner and you should generally try them before the US Dept of Labor. Cal OT laws are stronger in some instances than fed laws. You may want to consult with an attorney about your situation, because you work for a government entity / or you may work for a contractor that is under a government contract - sorry I do not know your exact circumstances.
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