Wage claim help

Please contact our Wage Claim Clinic if the resources on this page do not address your needs. We offer free services (drop-in or by appointment) on Fridays in Oakland and San Francisco. We provide services in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin and can arrange services in additional languages.
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Sample Letters and Forms

You can download these Word documents and use them to make formal requests of your employer

Do-It-Yourself Guides

You may be able to handle your case yourself. Here are guides to making a claim for wages you should have been paid but weren't, and to collecting the judgment after you win.

Highlights of Our Work

Here are some of our most recent achievements in cases related to wage theft.
  • Burma Superstar Kitchen Staff Sue Bay Area Chain Over Wage Violations


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  • Cook sues Gordo Taqueria, charging he was cheated of tips. wages
    We filed this case seeking class action status on behalf of workers across the Bay Area chain of six restaurants.
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  • Hazardous Materials Laborers Allege Exploitation of Wage and Hour Law Against P.W. Stephens Environmental, Inc.

    A federal collective and class action lawsuit was filed today on behalf of laborers against PW...

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  • Driver wins $480,000 for wages unpaid by tech entrepreneur

    A former personal driver and bodyguard who worked nearly around the clock for most of a year...

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Additional sources of information and help

  • U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division
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  • Labor Commissioner's Office at the California Department of Industrial Relations (an FAQ)
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  • California Dept. of Industrial Relations regulations, known as Wage Orders
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  • Information that must be posted in California workplaces
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  • "Visa Pages": A website with info on non-immigrant visas employers use to bring some workers into the U.S.
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