Generally speaking, employers must pay their employees at least minimum wage. There are very limited exceptions, but this is the general rule. Minimum wage in California is $8.00 per hour. If you are not earning at least $8.00 per hour, you should speak with an attorney who represents employees in wage and hour matters. The California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) maintains a database of such lawyers on its web site, www.cela.org. You can go to the web site and search for an attorney in your area. You also can call your local bar association for a referral.
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