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If you are an employee, you are entitled to payment for all hours in which you are under the control of your employer, which would of course include the time spent on your trip. Employment agreements need not be in writing to be enforceable, so your oral agreement would typically be sufficient.
The non-payment of wages is an offense which the Labor Board takes very
seriously. An individual in your circumstance can make a claim for the non-payment of wages through the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement. To file a wage claim with the DLSE, visit this link: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/howtofilewageclaim.htm
The DLSE will investigate this matter on your behalf and issue a judgment against your former employer if it determines that is warranted. The DLSE may also issue a penalty for the non-payment of wages against your former employer along with interest on the outstanding amount.
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