However, California cities and counties are free to adopt their own higher minimum. In other words, a California employer cannot legally pay a California employee the federal minimum wage, but must pay the California state minimum wage or, if higher, the city's local wage. We have local labor law offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Rosa, Santa Monica, Emeryville, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Milpitas, San Jose, Oakland, the San Francisco Bay Area and several nearby cities. The skilled labor and employment lawyers at Nassiri Law Group, who practice in Orange County, Los Angeles and Riverside, can help you get the compensation you have legitimately earned.
Like other important California wage and hour laws, such as California's overtime laws, minimum wage laws cannot be waived by agreement between employers and employees.