Employees: Don’t let yourselves be underpaid

Did you know that it’s common for certain kinds of employers to underpay their employees? There are a few reasons why employees are underpaid.

For example, an employee who has a fear of asking for a raise may not be able to negotiate for a fair wage. Some people fail to negotiate because they believe they’ll be reprimanded or fired as a result.

Why are some employees underpaid?

There are other causes for underpaying employees. Some of them include:

  • Not receiving waves for time worked. For example, being asked to work before clocking in or working after clocking out should not happen.
  • Unequal wage practices. People doing the same job with the same experience should expect to receive the same or similar payment.
  • Piling on without pay. Adding responsibilities to employees without increasing pay to accommodate that additional work.

What should you do to protect yourself against unfair payment practices?

If you want to protect yourself against unfair payment practices, then your best bet is to get to know the laws in California that protect you. There are both state and federal laws that protect employees against working for less compensation than they deserve due to discrimination or unfair payment practices.

If you believe that you should be getting paid more than you are but that you’re not fairly compensated because of discrimination or other issues in the workplace, you may want to speak with an attorney about the options that you have.

Our website has more on what you can do to protect yourself in the workplace to help you work toward a solution that gets you the payment you deserve.