Legal Question in Employment Law in California

I am a pizza delivery driver in Orange County for one of the big three pizza corps. I only recently started doing this about a month ago. I am paid 9/hour, plus a $1/delivery stipend for the use of my own car and gasoline. An assistant manager has scolded me a second time today. He says that I mustn't clock-in on the computer, until I have come inside of the store, picked up the car topper sign, installed it on my car and plugged it in each and every day. They also tend to log me out early by surprising me with" let's settle your bank and get you out of here" whenever they don't have enough pizza orders, so I must collect my cash immediately and return it to the manager who then clocks me out before I have taken the 2-3 minutes to remove the topper from my car and put it in the store's closet. I see this as wage theft. they are making me work off the clock. What should I do ?

Asked on 1/31/15, 11:59 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Christopher M. Brainard, Esq. C. M. Brainard & Associates - (310) 266-4115

One possible solution is to quit and then initiate a complaint for improper payment scheme by employer to not pay you for work with the California Board of Labor -- find them online, call them, make an appointment and then file a complaint stating these facts. You'll get a hearing date and the labor board will order them to pay you for each shift where they did the shell game you have described.

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Answered on 2/01/15, 9:32 pm

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