On appeal to the superior court, the case will start anew. You truly need an attorney to assist you in court, in order to comply with procedural rules and present your best case.
Additionally, attorneys' fees are allowed and will increase your recovery if an attorney is involved.
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To appeal a case from the Labor Commissioner, your former employer had to post a bond for the full amount of the ruling. The case will be heard as if the hearing at the Labor Commissioner's office did not occur. If you are owed overtime and prevail, your former employer will have to pay your attorneys' fees plus 10% interest on the OT plus waiting time penalties of up to 30 days' pay. Because your case is in court now, it is best to have counsel represent you. 949-481-6909.