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California Labor Code:
First Penalty - $50
A failure to document a missed meal or rest break penalty on a paystub is a $50 penalty.
CA employers also owe an extra hour of pay for a missed meal.
Next Paycheck - $100
A continued failure to correctly list wages, which include payments to employees when they have to work through a meal or rest break, is $100.
This is in addition to extra hour of pay owed for each missed meal.
The penalties for failing to accurately describe wages in wage statements grows to a maximum of $4,000.
At 2 paychecks per month a $4000 penalty is reached in 20 months. All unpaid wages are additionally owed.
CA LAbor Code 226(e)
CA Labor Code § 226
(e) An employee suffering injury as a result of a knowing and intentional failure by an employer to comply with subdivision (a) is entitled to recover the greater of all actual damages or fifty dollars ($50) for the initial pay period in which a violation occurs and one hundred dollars ($100) per employee for each violation in a subsequent pay period, not exceeding an aggregate penalty of four thousand dollars ($4,000), and is entitled to an award of costs and reasonable attorneys fees.
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