It is never pleasant to discover that your employer could be underpaying you. If that low payment has to do with extra hours you have worked, you may have a legal basis to claim what you deserve.
These cases could be intimidating at first. However, once you know your rights and protections under the law, you may feel differently about pursuing your overtime pay.
You may know that, as stated by the U.S. Department of Labor, there were some recent changes to overtime. However, please keep in mind that this is a federal law, and that California may provide even more protection.
The first thing you would need in an overtime case would probably be evidence. This could take many forms. For example, you could use your official timesheets and your pay reports. If this is not an option, you could use conversations you had with your employer about hours. If you used a cell phone to communicate, for example, you may have a record of calls, emails or text messages that add credibility to your claims of unpaid overtime.
If you are reading this, you may have already attempted to speak to your employer about the overtime you believe you deserve. Please remember that your employer could use any record of communications in your case. Make sure you understand the potential legal consequences of any emails you send, conversations you have or phone calls you make.
The process might take a while. However, by looking at the legal context, collecting all the evidence you need to support your claims and controlling what you say to your employers, you would have taken some important steps towards getting the overtime you deserve.