No. 92-1920.

512 U.S. 107 (1994)


United States Supreme Court.

Decided June 13, 1994.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard G. McCracken argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Michael T. Anderson.

Malcolm L. Stewart argued the cause for the United States as amicus curiae urging reversal. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Days, Deputy Solicitor General Wallace, Amy L. Wax, Linda Sher, and Norton J. Come.

H. Thomas Cadell, Jr., argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.*

Souter, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.

Justice Souter, delivered the opinion of the Court.

California law requires employers to pay allwages due immediately upon an employee's discharge, imposes a penalty for refusal to pay promptly, precludes any private contractual waiver of these minimum labor standards, and places responsibility for enforcing these provisions on the State Commissioner of Labor (Commissioner or Labor Commissioner), ostensibly for the benefit...

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