Can we sue for loss of wages if a car crashes into our building?

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Can we sue for loss of wages if a car crashes into our building?

About a week ago, a car crashed into my place of employment. I was told that they would rebuild and be open in 2 days. If not we would be reassigned to another establishment. However, I went 3 days with no work then was placed on call when needed.

Asked on October 3, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have a written employment contract or union agreement that guarantees your wages and hours under the circumstances, then you are an "at will" worker. This meanss that your company can set the conditions of your employment much as it sees fit. This includes when to pay wages and set scheduled hours in a situation such as you have described. Accordingly, it it chooses not to, then you are unfortunately out of luck.


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