Article 1. General Occupations - California Labor Code Section 203

203.  (a) If an employer willfully fails to pay, without abatement
or reduction, in accordance with Sections 201, 201.3, 201.5, 201.9,
202, and 205.5, any wages of an employee who is discharged or who
quits, the wages of the employee shall continue as a penalty from the
due date thereof at the same rate until paid or until an action
therefor is commenced; but the wages shall not continue for more than
30 days. An employee who secretes or absents himself or herself to
avoid payment to him or her, or who refuses to receive the payment
when fully tendered to him or her, including any penalty then accrued
under this section, is not entitled to any benefit under this
section for the time during which he or she so avoids payment.
   (b) Suit may be filed for these penalties at any time before the
expiration of the statute of limitations on an action for the wages
from which the penalties arise.

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