The bar in California, where I work, closes at midnight. We start cleaning (bar, kitchen, bathrooms, dishes) before we close, but only if it's not too busy. Once midnight hits, it takes 30 minutes to clear everyone out before we can start reconciling our banks/drawers (finding the mistakes on credit cards, etc.). Some nights cleaning and reconciliation don't finish before 3:00 am.
Fewer than 25 people work at this bar.
Is my boss legally allowed to stop paying us at midnight?
(Side note: we're paid $11 per hour, not the legally required $13.25 per hour.)