Holiday Pay in California
California Employment Class Action Lawyer
In California, as in many other states, employers are not required to grant employees specific holidays as paid vacation days, and if an employee works on a holiday the employer is not required to pay overtime or a special “holiday rate.” It will be in the employer’s sole discretion to determine whether holidays will be granted and further, whether these will be fully or partially paid, or not paid at all.
Although employers are not required to offer paid holidays, you may still have legal recourse if you were not paid for working on a holiday. For example, your employer may have had a written or oral agreement with you and with other employees that you would receive a certain number of paid holidays. If you were not paid for a holiday and this was in violation of this agreement, you may be able to seek the pay you were promised. An additional example may be of an employer who grants holiday pay to one employee and not another due to discrimination based on an employee’s age, gender, race, religious beliefs, disability, etc. By talking to a
California employment law attorney at the R. Rex Parris Law Firm, you can learn more about your particular rights in regard to holiday pay.
Does your employer have to offer holiday pay?
One of the frequent questions we are asked is whether it is illegal for an employer to deny holiday pay. Although California state law does not require employers to pay employees extra to work on holidays or to offer paid holidays or paid vacation at all, there may be certain situations where discrimination or a violated contract were involved in your holiday pay dispute. In these matters, you may be able to take legal action to seek the holiday pay you deserve.
If you are a California employee and have questions about holiday pay,
contact a California employment class action lawyer at our firm today!