As a technical person, you see this a lot:
"I've got this great idea to be the next $BIG_SITE. I need you to build a site for me - it should only take 3 months or so. Meanwhile, you can crash on my couch, and get N% equity.".
Now, I know the stereotype in the Valley is to work for equity for a company for N months on the hope that the company will make it big and you'll be rich.
Does the startup in question have to worry about minimum wage laws?
Also, while I understand that overtime is not a factor in professional services, if you manage to have a salary of (min wage * 40 hours a week), is the company breaking the law if you end up working an 80 hour week for the same rate (thus the actual hourly pay would be 1/2 min wage)?
I know about the Are co-founders employees question, but the answer there seemed to be hand-wavey. Also, what if the person in question is not a co-founder?
Edit: I found a lot of articles online that talk about needing to pay minimum wage, or risk running into California labor laws, but no actual reference to the labor code in question. Even just that would be helpful.