Wage and Hour Lawyer Santa Monica

Contact the law offices of Van Etten Suzumoto & Sipprelle LLP, to speak directly with a Santa Monica wage and hour claims lawyer. Your initial consultation is free and in most instances we’ll handle your case on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay zero attorney fees until we achieve a beneficial verdict or settlement for you.

Our Santa Monica wage & hour claim lawyers are experienced and aggressive advocates for workers’ rights in wage and overtime in Santa Monica disputes.

  •  Are you a salesperson who had been denied your full commission or terminated in order to avoid paying your commission?
  •  Are you a worker who travels between job sites who has not been compensated for travel time during your employment?
  •  Are you an employee who’s frequently denied an uninterrupted lunch break or asked to work past your shift?

We can help. Our Santa Monica wage & hour claim lawyers are experienced and tenacious advocates for employees’ rights in wage and overtime in Santa Monica controversies.

  •  Has your employer wrongly withheld earnings that should have been provided to you, per your employment agreement?
  •  Were you forced to work through your meal or rest breaks?
  •  Were you wrongfully terminated in order for your employer to avoid paying you a commission?
  •  Were you informed you had to work overtime but not paid overtime?
  •  Were you told to report for work at a certain time but then not compensated for time you had to wait to start work?

There are many ways that companies can cheat employees out of their rightful wages, oftentimes without the worker even realizing they’re being deceived. Be it the occasional request to stay an extra hour that soon becomes a regular pattern – always without pay – or the “press of business” that means you can’t have your lunch break, neglecting to pay workers for time worked is against the law.

Santa Monica wage and hour offenses usually affect a whole class of workers, not just one employee. Immigrant workers are most vulnerable but many hourly workers are not well informed about how California and federal employment laws protect them.

If you are an hourly employee, you ARE protected from unlawful and irrational employer demands that you work overtime or work through your breaks. However, you may need legal advice to be sure your rights are defended and to help you get the wages you deserve.


One of the biggest issues in the area of wage and hour lawsuits is misclassification of lower-level workers as “managers,” and misclassification of employees as “contractors” in order to evade wage and hour laws. Salaried employees whose responsibilities are typically routine may have been misclassified. Learn more about misclassification to find out if this has happened to you.

You have the right to fair pay for the tasks you performed in good faith. Call our California wage and hour attorneys at the law firm of Van Etten Suzumoto & Sipprelle LLP to schedule a consultation.