In California the term “wages” is broadly defined in the Labor Code, and includes the concepts of bonus, commission, MBOs, etc. California has a strong public policy in favor of the prompt and full payment of wages (which includes bonuses, commissions, MBO, incentive comp, etc.). This public policy is backed by laws providing for severe penalties in the form of waiting time and other penalties, interest, cost reimbursements, and attorneys’ fees.
Many clients and potential clients on the employee side mistakenly believe that they have no valid claims because California is an “at will” state. Similarly, many clients and potential clients on the Company side mistakenly believe that they are litigation proof because California is an “at will” state. Both are wrong.
Since our founding, we have represented employees in a wide variety of claims for unpaid wages, unpaid bonuses, unpaid incentive compensation and have defended Companies facing those same claims.
If you believe that employer has failed to pay your wages in full and on time, or if your Company is facing a claim for unpaid wages, you need to act quickly. Please take advantage of our FREE online case submission below and call us today to start a conversation.