While I strive to give you an accurate and applicable answer to your question, and if I can possibly suggest an avenue by which you might have a successful legal outcome I will, please understand that I don’t have the ability to provide you with favorable law if it doesn't exist. As you read my answer to your question, I ask you to please not shoot the messenger.
While your thought process is creative, wage claims do not fall under the Unfair Competition Law, and the statutes of limitations in CA are quite clear. Under Contract law, you have a 2 years statute for unwritten contract violations between you and an employer----4 years for written contracts, and under federal employment law (FLSA) you have a 2 year statute for unintentional payment failures and 3 years for intention failure to pay wages and benefits.
If you can't meet those statutes, I'm afraid that you can no longer assert your claims against the employer.
I wish you the best in 2012.
I understand that you may be disappointed by the Answer you received, as it was not particularly favorable to your situation, nor was it what I sensed you were hoping to hear. Had I been able to provide an Answer which might have given you a successful legal outcome, it would have been my pleasure to do so.
Because I help people here, like you, for a living---this is not a hobby for me, and I sincerely appreciate your abiding by the honor system as regards Accepting answers. I wish you and your family the best in your respective futures.
Would you be so kind as to Accept my Answer so that I may be compensated for assisting you? Bonuses for greatly informative and helpful answers are very much appreciated. Thanks Again,