According to the rules for overtime pay in California, how long do I have to file an overtime pay claim?

If you are a nonexempt employee who worked overtime, your employer is required by California law to pay your overtime wages in a timely manner. If your employer fails to do so, you may be entitled to recover your unpaid wages and any penalties meant to punish your employer for wage violations. If your employer does not pay you your wages, you may file a wage claim with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), or you can file a lawsuit against your employer.

In California, you have three years from the date the wages were earned to file a claim with the DLSE. However, some penalties are subject to a one-year deadline. If you believe your employer is withholding overtime wages, file a wage claim or contact an experienced employment attorney without delay.

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