If you were terminated contact a local labor law/employment attorney - many offer free consultations
This is not intended to be legal advise or as legal representation. I am a California personal injury attorney . Be aware that every state has its own statute of limitations; and statutes & case laws that govern the handling of these matters.
What you describe is blatant California labor code violations. It likely means that you are owed compensation and that your employer is liable for penalties. It would be wise to consult an employment attorney so you can do a deep dive into your specific facts.
Most employment attorneys who take on these type of cases offer free consultations specifically to analyze the facts in the case for legal issues. You would benefit by engaging an employment attorney on this matter. Many are here on this forum or you can go to cela.org where most of us are a member.
Good luck to you.
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Yes! You can call the Labor Commissioner's office in your local area. First, file a claim for unpaid wages. Then, discuss the practices of the restaurant. I believe that you can tip off the Labor Commissionr's office anonymously, but, if you file a claim obviously the employer will know that you are likely the one who told the Labor Commissioner about their ongoing violations.
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