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My employer is currently 3 pay periods behind. The last pay

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My employer is currently 3 pay periods behind. The last pay period I was paid was October 1st thru October 15th. Today I was told the next paycheck would be "end of December". This means they will be 2 1/2 months behind in payroll. I have been living off of credit cards for the last month, can I recover the fees and other costs that have resulted from their failure to pay me at the designated times?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  Tina replied 5 years ago.
Hello and welcome,

The employer is violating state law every day that you do not receive your wages past the date on which they were payable.

While you may not normally recover your expenses because of the delinquent payments, you are entitled to receive penalties assessed by the state to cover such expenses normally.

Your recourse typically involves filing a wage claim with the state labor board. They have the authority to investigate and collect the wages and penalties owed to you.

Here is a link to initiate a wage claim:

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