California does not recognize a lien for wages or personal services lien against an employer or contracting party, except (1) if voluntarily agreed to by the employer/contracting party as part of a written agreement; or (2) where the services are performed on real or personal property (e.g., mechanic's or repair lien: Civil Code 3061; 3109 et. seq.).
The only way that you could get a lien for wages or services rendered, is to sue for breach of contract, prove the breach, obtain judgment in your favor, and then you could record a general judgment lien against the employer/contracting party's assets, which could be siezed by the sheriff and sold to satisfy the judgment.
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