Sharing Government Penalties: PAGA for Workplace Violations

March 25, 2021 | From HRCalifornia Extra

by Michelle Galbraith, J.D.; HR Adviser, CalChamber

When employers commit labor law violations, aggrieved employees can generally pursue two types of relief: First, they can sue for remedies such as job reinstatement, back pay and damages. Or, second, when an employer has violated a regulation that provides for a civil penalty payable to a government agency, the employee can file a claim under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). 

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