This sounds like a legally problematic pay practice. In general, I would say that most dental hygienists are probably exempt from overtime pay under California law. However, your case seems different. In order to be exempt, your employer must pay you a "salary." From what you describe, your employer is not paying you a true "salary" because your wages are contingent upon the number of hours you work. I would be very interested in talking with you about this more. You may be entitled to compensation for unpaid overtime. Feel free to call me at (559)221-7777 or through my website at www.schwinlaw.com.
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