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Minimum Wage Attorney

Oakland Wage Lawyers

California employees have a right to earn minimum wage.  This right is set at the Federal and State level.  However, in California, some local jurisdictions have opted to create minimum wage guidelines to better serve the people within their counties. 


At a minimum, all California employees must get paid the California minimum wage, as outlined below.  Employers who do business in Oakland must pay their employees at Oakland’s minimum wage rates, as indicated below.  Some employers intentionally refuse to pay their employees at the appropriate minimum wage, hoping they will not get caught.  When this happens, the employer is committing wage theft and the employee may be owed thousands in unpaid wages, penalties and other money damages!

 Oakland Minimum Wage Requirements

January 1, 2020 

  • $14.14/hour

January 1, 2019 

  • $13.80/hour

January 1, 2018

  • $13.23/hour   


January 1, 2017 

  • $12.86/hour

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do employers fail to pay employees the Oakland Minimum Wage?

A: There are a number of ways!  The common scenarios include:

  • Outright refusal to do so

  • Misclassification as an independent contractor

  • Mischaracterization as a salary-exempt employee

  • Failing to pay employees for all hours worked.

Q: What law covers the Oakland Minimum Wage?

A: In November 2014, voters passed the “Oakland’s Measure FF” which caused Oakland’s Minimum Wage to be based on the local Consumer Price Index.  The measure also requires that employers notify the employees of yearly increases.  For more information about the Oakland Minimum Wage, click HERE.

Q: My employer is not physically located in Oakland, but I still perform my work there.  Am I still covered?

A: Yes. Oakland’s Measure FF covers any employee who "performs at least two (2) hours of work, in a particular workweek, in Oakland."  It does not matter that your employer is not actually located within Oakland, so long as you were required to perform work there.

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California Minimum Wage Requirements


  • $12 / hr (25 or fewer employees)

  • $13 / hr (26 or more employees)



  • $11 / hr (25 or fewer employees)

  • $12 / hr (26 or more employees)


  • $10.50 / hr (25 or fewer employees)

  • $11 / hr (26 or more employees)     



  • $10 / hr (25 or fewer employees)     

  • $10.50 / hr (26 or more employees)

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