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Can I quit a job in California because I am not getting paid when I am supposed to?

by Kathy
(Murrieta, California)

I work for a place in California and the owner is always late in paying us. For instance, the employees were to be paid last Friday, but he said he wouldn't have checks until Monday. Some employees checks bounced last week but mine went through. Can I quit and collect unemployment to find another job?

Hi Kathy,

You can read for yourself what California's labor law is regarding payment of wages here. You should also read this page. Pay special attention to Section B "Duties or Requirement of Work".

I do know that good cause can be found for your situation, but I don't know if you have to take any action previous to quitting. You might want to call the state and ask them.


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