California Employment Law
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First, let me say that I am terribly sorry to hear that you have had to go through this. The good news is that there is recourse for you. All you need to do is make a claim with the dlse for unpaid wages and you will be paid for all of the time you have not been paid. In addition, you are owed a waiting time penalty in the amount of a full days wages for up to 30 days.
You can file an unpaid wage claim here:
More about the waiting time penalty you are owed can be found here:
Filing a claim with the DLSE will result in you receiving what you are owed much faster than filing a lawsuit, and if you are retaliated against in any way, you will have a cause of action against your employer.
If at any time you were paid less than minimum wage for any hour worked you will be entitled to liquidated damages, however, from the information you have provided I am guessing this is not the case here.
Of course, it is entirely within your right to get an employment attorney to help you in this matter.
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