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Employers can be Liable for California Wage-Hour Violations

Employers can be Liable for California Wage-Hour Violations December 10, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA: Can an individual be held liable for alleged California wage law violations?
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California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Goes to Jail

California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Goes to Jail December 7, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Diego, CA A year and a half ago, Sylvester Owino and Jonathan Gomez filed a California unpaid wages lawsuit against CoreCivic, a for-profit business that runs private prisons, including the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego. The lawsuit alleges violations of federal human trafficking laws and California labor laws relating to minimum wage, overtime, and meal breaks, among other things. Discovery is expected to continue into March 2019, with a trial to follow.
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Discrimination Laws Upheld with Teva Claim

Discrimination Laws Upheld with Teva Claim December 6, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA: Pharmaceutical giant Teva was ordered by an eight-person jury last month to pay $6.3 million to a former manager who filed a discrimination employment lawsuit against the Israeli company.
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California Independent Contractor Rules Collapse in Confusion

California Independent Contractor Rules Collapse in Confusion November 24, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Diego, CA In 2015 Jesus Cuitlahuac Garcia, a taxi driver, filed a California unpaid wages lawsuit against Border Transportation Group (BTG) claiming unpaid wages, wrongful termination and a variety of related labor law violations. In October 2018, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District handed Mr. Garcia an apparently empty victory.
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J.B. Hunt Settles California Labor Lawsuit with Truckers for $15million

J.B. Hunt Settles California Labor Lawsuit with Truckers for $15million November 8, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA More than a decade ago truck drivers filed a California wage lawsuit against J.B. Hunt Transport, an Arkansas trucking company, claiming the company violated California's wages, rest break and meal rules. Since that time, the class action lawsuit has been the subject of recent debates over when – and whether-- federal rules regarding driver work should pre-empt state regulations.
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Sephora Accused of Shorting Workers for Time to Don Makeup

Sephora Accused of Shorting Workers for Time to Don Makeup November 5, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA Cosmetics retailer, Sephora, has recently found itself embroiled in several California unpaid wages lawsuits. The allegations are similar from lawsuit to lawsuit, and so are the plaintiffs’ evidentiary problems.
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Google Employee Tagged as “Too Old” May Yet Have the Last Word

Google Employee Tagged as “Too Old” May Yet Have the Last Word October 23, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Jose, CA Cheryl Fillekes’s age discrimination lawsuit against Google alleges violations of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and corresponding provisions of California labor law, the Fair Housing and Employment Discrimination Act (FEHA). Having cleared the hurdle of class action certification, it now appears poised to settle.
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Los Angeles Sweatshops Cited for Wage and Hour Violations

Los Angeles Sweatshops Cited for Wage and Hour Violations October 14, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA In early September 2018, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office fined six garment contractors a total of $573,704 for labor law violations after uncovering a scheme where the contractors operated illegally under one license to avoid complying with California wage and hour laws. But what happens to the workers? Garment workers making far less than minimum wage, most without legal status, are hardly likely to bring California unpaid wages lawsuits. The best answer may lie in California’s specialized garment worker wage claim adjudication process. Even that may require some legal assistance, though.
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Wage Theft Investigations at California Restaurants

Wage Theft Investigations at California Restaurants October 8, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA: The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has been busy following up on reports of unpaid wages, tips and overtime. Some employees were paid less than $5 an hour and typically worked more than 10 hours a day with no meal or rest breaks, which violates the California labor law. “Long hours with no breaks and sub-minimum wages are classic examples of wage theft, and employers who make their profit by breaking the law will be held accountable," said Labor Commissioner Julie A Su.
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Skirting around Donning and Doffing

Skirting around Donning and Doffing October 4, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA: California wage and hour laws get complicated, particularly donning and doffing issues in the manufacturing industry. While federal and state laws agree that employers are required to compensate employees for all “work” performed, they often differ on whether donning and doffing is considered work.
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