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In Bad Faith? Employees, are you filing a wage-claim lawsuit against your employer? Employers, are you on the receiving end of a wage-claim suit? The California Legislature’s passage of State Bill 462 last year made it a bit less intimidating for an employee to file their lawsuit.

Prior to August 2013, California state law required a court to award lawyer’s fees and costs to the prevailing party in a claim for wages, fringe benefits, or health and welfare or pension fund contributions. Which, evidently, may have had a chilling effect on an employee’s desire to pursue such a claim… Until the California Legislature stepped in. Senate Bill 462 changed the law to allow an employer to recover attorney’s fees and costs only when there is a finding that the employee filed the law suit in bad faith.

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