Computer Hardware Engineers

A Computer Hardware Engineer is responsible for researching, designing, developing, and testing computer hardware. Computer engineers are also responsible for the manufacture and installation. Of hardware, which refers to computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems and related equipment such as keyboards, modems, and printers.

The wage and hour law lawyers of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik are known throughout California for successfully representing computer workers in lawsuits to recover financial damages for illegal employer pay practices. Our employment law attorneys focus on representing hardware engineers and technicians who perform the following or similar job duties in lawsuits to collect overtime wages:


  • Provide technical support
  • Test and authenticate hardware through recording and inputting test data
  • Screen functionality of hardware and make essential alterations to ensure system operates
  • Troubleshooting hardware problems
  • Installing computer hardware

California overtime laws require all technology companies to pay computer employees additional compensation for working more than 8 hour workdays, 40 hour workweeks and 7 days in a row. California has special overtime rules that apply to computer professionals. As of 2009, all computer employees must be paid at least not less than seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000) for full-time employment in order to be exempt from overtime compensation.

Computer employees that install and maintain hardware are usually not exempt from California overtime laws because these employees are not performing work that involves specialized skill. Computer employees that are performing manual labor are required to be paid one and a half times the regular rate for all overtime hours worked under state labor laws.