Vincent W Davis

Keep Detailed Records To Prevail

Southern California Wage & Hour Disputes Attorney

If you are working toward a Lawsuit Keep Detailed Records To Prevail

If you believe that you are the victim of working more hours than you’ve been paid for, or legitimately worked “Over-Time” but were not compensated for the over-time hours, faced discrimination or harassment on the job, or have been wrongfully terminated then you will need the services of a Wage & Hour Employment Lawyer to help build a strong case that can then be negotiated or taken to court. To that end, after you make an appointment with a workplace employment lawyer at Vincent W. Davis & Associates, here are some of the documents and evidence that you should begin to collect for your legal team so that you have the best possibility to prevail:

Maintain a Written Journal of Your Experience

A Written Journal of Your Experience: Lets face it, memories fail and deteriorate over time. Other employees and coworkers can leave a company and be hard to locate. Keeping a written journal is almost mandatory. Such a journal where you should record times and dates when you worked specific hours, overtime, etc., will help you to preserve your memory and document the exact times and dates of hours not paid or under paid for.

Collect All Your Time Card Records

Evidence of Hours Worked but NOT Compensated: If you have copies of actual documents (time cards, schedules, notes, “stickys,” your personal hours “notes,” etc.) that show that you worked more time than paid for, or worked over time it’s important to bring them with you to your initial or subsequent meeting with me. If these documents,  calendars, time records or reports are in your workplace clearly visible but you are unable to get copies of them – taking a clear picture of them would be useful. The better the picture the stronger our case.  Today’s common iPhones often have a respectably-capable camera – so capable that many police officers use their camera phones to collect field evidence.

Collect & Organize All of your Employee Pay Stubs

Your actual Pay Stubs: Collect and bring all the Pay Stubs from any check that you have received.

Build and Update a Witnesses List

Witnesses List: It is also important to maintain a list of people who may have been witness to you working for hours not recorded or paid for; also overtime situations. Witnesses are very helpful for bolstering a case.

Obtain a Copy of Your Personnel File

Personnel File: Your employment record is an important document.  If you are unable to obtain a copy of your personnel file, I can request one from your employer on your behalf.

Secure a Copy of your Company’s Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook: Depending upon the size of your employer, you may or may not have an employee handbook available. If one is available you should secure a copy and bring it for my review. Larger companies will publish company policies, information about pay, working hours, breaks, overtime, and procedures for bringing grievances. The courts do not view employee handbooks as contracts between you and the company but they will tend to hold companies accountable for violations of their own stated policies which can only bolster our case.

Contact a Labor Attorney early to begin preparing your Case

If you want to negotiate a settlement with your employer or file a lawsuit against your employer to resolve a serious workplace issue, begin collecting all the information that will assist your legal team in prevailing on your behalf. Contact an employment litigation attorney at Vincent W. Davis & Associates as early as possible to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation for a thorough assessment of your circumstances and to review your bending case. Most employment issues can be preliminarily discussed by phone, and then if it is necessary to visit us in person, we have several conveniently-located offices in and around the Southern California counties and cities including, but not limited to:

  • Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County
  • Orange County
  • Riverside County
  • San Bernardino County
  • Santa Ana</li
  • Beverly Hills
  • Anaheim
  • Irvine
  • Long Beach
  • Pasadena
  • And more…

Arcadia Office
150 N. Santa Anita Ave,
Suite 200
Arcadia, CA 91006
Phone: (626) 446-6442
Fax: (626)-446-6454


Beverly Hills Office
9465 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310)-880-5733


La Mirada Office
Cerritos Towne Center
17777 Center Court Drive ,
Suite 600
Cerritos, California, 90703
Phone: 888-888-6542


Los Angeles Office
Gas Company Tower
555 West Fifth Street,
31st Floor
Los Angeles, California, 90013
Phone: (213)-400-4132


Long Beach Office
Landmark Square
111 West Ocean Blvd.,
Suite 400
Long beach, California, 90802


Irvine Office
Oracle Tower
17901 Von Karman Avenue,
Suite 600
Irvine, California, 92614
Phone: (949)-203-3971
Fax: (949)-203-3972


Ontario Office
Lakeshore Center
3281 E. Guasti Road,
7th Floor
City of Ontario, California, 91761
Phone:(909)-996-5644


Riverside Office
Turner Riverwalk
11801 Pierce Street,
Suite 200
Riverside, California, 92505
Phone: (909)-996-5644


San Diego
Emerald Plaza
402 West Broadway,
Suite #400
San Diego, California, 92101
Phone: (619)-885-2070


Aliso Viejo
Ladera Corporate Terrace
999 Corporate Drive,
Suite 100
Ladera Ranch, California, 92694
Phone: (714) 721-3822