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Worker Claims Employment Discrimination Based on her Asian Heritage

Worker Claims Employment Discrimination Based on her Asian Heritage February 22, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA: Actually, Jennie Lam's California labor lawsuit calls out the owners of the Los Angeles Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel for race discrimination, harassment, whistleblower retaliation, age discrimination, wrongful termination and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Beverly Cohen, one of the owners, seems to have been particularly given to racist comments. But requiring an employee to work without rest or meal breaks in a 100-degree heated greenhouse or to use dangerous tools without training is also pretty bad.
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Plaintiff Settles with Bank of America Corp. NA at the Eleventh Hour

Plaintiff Settles with Bank of America Corp. NA at the Eleventh Hour February 16, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: A California labor lawsuit alleging wrongful dismissal and defamation was quietly settled earlier this week at the 11th hour after a jury had awarded damages to the plaintiff, but had yet to settle on punitive damages. While having awarded punitive damages in the case on Tuesday February 13, 2018, the jury recessed for the day with plans to deliberate the amount of punitive damages once reconvened. Late in the night on February 13, the two parties reached a confidential settlement, ending the dispute.
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Late for Lunch Spells California Labor Lawsuits and a Shifting Work Environment

Late for Lunch Spells California Labor Lawsuits and a Shifting Work Environment February 6, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: Over the last few years, a great percentage of California labor lawsuits have focused on meal and rest breaks. For instance, overtime lawsuits have added causes of action for meal and rest break penalties.
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Jungle Trux Drivers the Latest to Challenge Unpaid Meal and Rest Breaks

Jungle Trux Drivers the Latest to Challenge Unpaid Meal and Rest Breaks January 16, 2018. By Lucy Campbell.
Seattle, WA: Amazon and Jungle Trux, based in King County, WA, have started the new year facing an unpaid overtime and employment class action lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by two package delivery drivers who allege Jungle Trux and Amazon failed to pay them overtime, undercounted their hours, and failed to provide them with required breaks.
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Lots of Changes and Updates to California Labor Law with the New Year

Lots of Changes and Updates to California Labor Law with the New Year January 2, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Sacramento, CA: While various changes to California labor law came into effect with the start of the New Year on January 1, one aspect of the California labor code that wasn’t updated is nonetheless top-of-mind for many with the implementation of legal marijuana sales effective New Years’ Day.
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Uber Hit with Proposed Class Action in California

Uber Hit with Proposed Class Action in California December 7, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: A California labor lawsuit brought by a Uber driver likens a pricing model observed by Uber to stiffing drivers of proper wages as required under California labor law. For its part, co-defendant Uber Technologies Inc. disagrees with plaintiff Sophano Van’s allegations and is trying to have the lawsuit tossed.
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Tesla Hit with Racial Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit

Tesla Hit with Racial Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit November 29, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Oakland, CA: The complaint, filed on November 13, 2017 in the Superior Court for the State of California, Alameda County describes Tesla Motors, Inc. as a “hotbed” of racism and alleges multiple violations of California labor law. This is the third racial discrimination lawsuit to be filed against Tesla this year and the first to seek class action status. It takes place within a chorus of complaints about gender, age and sexual orientation discrimination.
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Pacific Western Bank Shorted Workers OT Pay Lawsuit Alleges

Pacific Western Bank Shorted Workers OT Pay Lawsuit Alleges November 16, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
San Diego, CA: A class action lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of California alleges Pacific Western Bank failed to correctly calculate overtime wages of the non-exempt hourly workers and failed to provide staff with mandatory meal and rest breaks.
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Employees of Luxury California Resort Launch California Labor Lawsuit

Employees of Luxury California Resort Launch California Labor Lawsuit November 13, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: Labor industry watchers in the State of California opine that even as California observes what are described as very protective labor laws, and in some cases more protective of workers than corresponding federal labor laws, there are nonetheless employers who will risk litigation in exchange for saving money by shortchanging their workers, regardless of the resources of the employer. To that end, a California labor lawsuit has been filed against the operators of a high-end resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.
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Are Franchisors like McDonalds Accountable for Wage Theft?

Are Franchisors like McDonalds Accountable for Wage Theft? October 24, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA: This is for the guy or the ‘girl’ on the fryer who feels burned when the hours on the paycheck are short under California labor law. Guadalupe Salazar et al., Plaintiffs, v. McDonalds Corp., et al., Defendants, a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of Bay area McDonalds employees, raises again the question of whether a big corporate franchisor can be held liable for wage theft.
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