FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When corporations don’t pay us for all the hours we worked, refuse to pay overtime, or pay less than the minimum wage – that’s wage theft and it’s against the law

California has one of the nation’s strongest laws in place to prevent wage theft and allow workers to recover stolen wages. California adopted the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) in 2004 to help workers hold companies accountable. Without this law, workers have an extremely difficult time enforcing their rights. 

Lack of resources. Many labor law violations can only be enforced by the California Labor Commissioner. Each week, hundreds of thousands of workers find wages stolen from their paychecks, but the Department of Labor has just a fraction of the resources needed to enforce the law across the state. Before the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), employers knew they were unlikely to ever be held accountable because there were not enough state investigators to watch their conduct. Since PAGA was enacted, workers have a pathway to have their claims heard in court. Importantly, the Labor Commissioner retains the power to control any case brought by a private worker to ensure that it has merit.

No. The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) gives workers a fair shot at enforcing their rights and holding law-breaking employers accountable for violating labor laws. There are many checks and balances in place to prevent frivolous lawsuits, including the Labor Commissioner and the Court. By the time a PAGA case goes to court, employers have had every opportunity to correct their wrongdoing. 

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