The California Labor Board will not pursue individual defendants in connection with an overtime pay claim filed with the CA labor board. The Labor Board of California will only pursue actual companies. This is a major drawback when the employer is a small to medium sized company and solvency or the ability to pay an award is a concern. In many instances, individuals who control the wages of employees and fail to pay them properly under the law can be brought to justice as individual defendants. The California State Labor Board will not pursue these individuals. Even if an award is given to an employee, if the company is not well funded, it is common for such companies to close and re-open under a different name, or to seek bankruptcy protection and open up as a new entity, thus effectively escaping payment of the awarded claim.