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California Supreme Court: Employee Can't Bring Conversion Claim for Unpaid Wages

MSK Client Alert
August 26, 2019

Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled that a former start-up employee could not hold his former boss personally liable for unpaid wages based on the theory of common law conversion.  Conversion is a legal term for theft.  This is a win for employers as, if the Court had ruled otherwise, employers potentially could be held liable for tort damages (including punitive damages) for failing to pay wages.

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