California Employment Lawyers for Code Writers

Salaries and Fancy Job Titles Don’t Mean No Overtime for Code Writers


Our labor lawyers are known throughout California for representing computer employees, such as code writers, programmers and developers, who are paid a fixed salary and not paid additional compensation for working more than 8 hours under California employment law. We also are experienced federal wage law litigators, with an impressive record of settlements and judgments in 40 hour workweek wage-and-hour cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

At Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik, our California employment law attorneys represent technology workers such as computer programmers and code writers who write code for information and technology companies in Los Angeles, San Diego, Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. When our skilled division of overtime law lawyers investigates computer tech companies, we often find these types of illegal labor pay practices:


  • Paying Code Writers a Salary without extra overtime pay for working more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week
  • Implementing “comp time” practices instead of paying the proper overtime wages at one and a half the programmers regular rate of pay
  • Classifying Code Writers as Independent Contractors
  • Failing to give software engineers 30 minute meal periods for each 5 hours of work
  • Failing to reimburse IT/IS Code Writers for out-of-pocket expenses such as equipment and the cost of required training or certifications
  • Making illegal deductions from salaries for uniforms, gas, cell phones, tools and equipment

Writing Code More than 50% of the Time? Call 800-568-8020 for Overtime Law Advice


The exemption for employees in computer occupations does not include employees engaged in the manufacture or repair of computer hardware and related equipment. Employees who use computer software programs, such as code writers and engineers, are usually entitled to overtime wages under California labor laws.  Contact our labor lawyers today to find out if you have a valid claim against your current or former company. Our employment law attorneys focus on representing:


  • Code Writers in an entry-level position
  • Underpaid and highly-skilled software writers
  • Code Developers who don’t work independently or are closely supervised
  • Computer Programmers who depend on using computers and software to write code
  • Code Engineers and Analysts installing software and troubleshooting


We’re known as one of California’s premier wage and hour law firms, and we work with information technology and systems developers such as code writers throughout the state, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County and the San Diego area. Contact us for a free consultation with a focused and committed employment lawyer.