Posted by: Collections Attorney | May 19, 2017

Unpaid Wage Judgments

How Big a Problem is Unpaid Wage Judgments?

A Yuge problem ! (to channel Bernie Sanders)

While we don’t have the data to be certain, what research exists indicates that between 75% and 80% of all wage judgments are not even partially paid. Consider the following research:

“Of all the workers who won judgments in California between 2008 and 2011, only 17 percent collected any money, according to a joint study by the National Employment Law Project and the UCLA Labor Center. The same study found that when workers did collect, they received an average of 15 cents on the dollar.” Karen Foshay, Aug. 1, 2016, Wage theft: Millions stolen, little recovered within the restaurant industry.

“Relying on Labor Commissioner data and court records, KCRW looked at 441 decisions and judgments filed against Los Angeles area restaurants between 2013 and 2016 and found $6.7 million awarded in unpaid wages, penalties and interest.

  • $412,000 has been collected.
    • $15,347 is the average judgment awarded
    • 75 percent of the judgments and decisions were unpaid
    • 13 workers have judgments for over $100,000. Four have received payments.”(Data from LA & Long Beach offices only.) Karen Foshay, Aug. 1, 2016, Wage theft: Millions stolen, little recovered within the restaurant industry.

A number of credible news outlets have pointed out that it is all too easy to form corporations in the United States and that this allows people to hide their identity and assets all too easily.  This means that it is crucial that someone obtaining a wage judgment name both the corporation and, if at all possible, the individuals running the corporation as a defendant.

While no one can promise that your judgment will be collected, we will use a variety of powerful databases and our knowledge of California’s judgment enforcement laws to maximize your chances of getting paid for your wage judgment. Call us today. Remember, We Don’t Get Paid until You Get Paid!


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