Based on our personal background, our firm is very familiar with the compensation structure of auto technicians/mechanics in California and New York. In both states, auto technicians/mechanics are compensated differently than many other employees. Often, these auto technicians are compensated based upon "flag time" (time allotted for a particular service order on a particular automobile.) Unfortunately, many auto technicians do not complete the designated service order within the time allotted or spend a large portion of their time waiting for service orders to be assigned without pay for this waiting time.

In addition to waiting for work to perform, often auto technicians are required to perform other functions throughout the repair shop. This may include cleaning and organizing the allotted work area, attending meetings, picking up or delivering vehicles for repair, or repairing cars that are "comebacks" without permission to "flag" any time.

Auto Technicians that are required to provide their own tools are entitled to compensation at twice the minimum wage or in California, $16.00 per hour. In addition, Auto Technicians who work overtime or weekends are entitled to overtime pay at 1.5 times the minimum wage. Regardless, often employers fail to pay auto technicians the minimum required by law.

Auto Technicians/Mechanics can generally recover unpaid wages up to 4 years prior to the filing of an action, and recover penalties ranging from 1 year to 3 years prior to filing the action in most cases, plus attorneys fees, costs and interest.

We regularly represent Auto Technicians or Mechanics who have not been paid their full wages.

These claims include:

If you are an Automotive Technician or Mechanic and feel you have not been paid correctly, feel free to contact us. We do not charge anything unless we collect on your behalf. In California, contact us at (949) 500-2818. In New York, contact us at (949) 500-2818. Always feel free to email Erik McLain directly at Thank you.