California Labor Law Articles
June 13, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA: Despite California restaurants in the past few years receiving huge fines for California labor law violations, some employers seem to have missed the memo, or perhaps they think employees on salary aren’t entitled to overtime compensation. Or perhaps they think restaurant workers, from dishwashers to cooks to General Managers, are afraid of losing their jobs if they file a complaint. Workers at six Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine chains and Kome Japanese Seafood & Buffet, however, did complain, and their complaints resulted in fines totaling more than $10 million.Read [ California State Labor Commissioner Slams Restaurants with Wage Theft Violations ]
After $7.9 Million Jury Verdict, Chipotle Settles California Labor Lawsuit To Avoid Punitive Damages
June 5, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Fresno, CA: Long-time valued Chipotle General Manager Jeanette Ortiz was accused of stealing $626 dollars from her employer, but when she asked to see the surveillance footage of the alleged incident, her supervisors refused and destroyed the footage. Subsequently, she went out on medical leave for a work-related injury, and was terminated while out on leave. The pretext for her firing was the alleged theft. After a jury found Ortiz’s account of retaliatory termination persuasive, awarding her $7.9 million in damages, Chipotle Mexican Grill quickly settled the California labor lawsuit for an undisclosed amount to avoid what likely would have been a punitive damages award up to nine times as much as the $7.9 million compensatory damages award.Read [ After $7.9 Million Jury Verdict, Chipotle Settles California Labor Lawsuit To Avoid Punitive Damages ]
May 21, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: A Wells Fargo mortgage broker last year filed a wage and hour lawsuit alleging the bank failed to provide rest breaks, among other violations. The bank said it owed employees $25 million, but last week a federal judge agreed with its bankers and consultants: the money they were entitled to for unpaid rest breaks should be based on their commissions as well as their hourly pay, and Wells Fargo is now on the hook for $97 million.Read [ Wells Fargo to Pay $97M to Commissioned Brokers for Rest Breaks ]
May 10, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: California courts have been debating, defining and determining employment status—whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor-- since 1989. Misclassification has always been a gray area, despite California labor law holding for three decades the “Borello” standard. As of April 30, however, the new and more rigid “ABC test” is being used to identify disputes under wage orders. And experts say it will have far-reaching implications for the California workforce.Read [ New California Ruling Easy as 'ABC' to Determine Employee or Independent Contractor? ]
May 8, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA: In his California labor lawsuit, Douglas Troester claims that Starbucks underpaid him by $102.67 during the year that he worked there. Chump change for Starbucks, but no one in his right mind would sue a huge multinational corporation for $102.67 -- even when that’s the grocery money – unless, of course, he or she can win and make a bigger point.Read [ Class Action Status Critical to California Donning and Doffing Wage Lawsuit ]
May 3, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Fremont, CA: Since the California Supreme Court issued its precedential California labor law decision in Brinker v. Superior Court of San Diego County, there have been a number of lawsuits alleging violations of California state labor laws for meal and rest break violations. Now, a woman who was hired by Tesla to work in its Fremont, California factory in late 2016 claims that she was denied breaks.Read [ Temp Worker Seeks Class Action Status for California Labor Lawsuit ]
Blue and White-Collar California Employees Wrongfully Terminated, National Labor Relations Board Assists
April 3, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Cruz, CA: In October 2015, two Spanish-speaking employees of Goodwill Central Coast were fired for reporting to their manager that another manager harassed them and threatened to kill one of them. Finally their case has been settled: a National Labor Relations Board judge ordered they be reinstated, with back pay. Also in federal court, Walmart is accused of wrongful termination and retaliation, both California labor law violations.Read [ Blue and White-Collar California Employees Wrongfully Terminated, National Labor Relations Board Assists ]
March 27, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
San Francisco, CA: A California unpaid wages lawsuit, that traces its origins to the Golden State in 2014 and held national implications after it was granted class action status appears all but dead after the US Congress included a statute in its omnibus spending bill signed into law last week. That statute, known as the ‘Save America’s Pastime Act,’ (SAPA) exempts minor league baseball players from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the protections the Act affords workers with regard to minimum wage and overtime.Read [ How Will Passage of Save America’s Pastime Act Impact California Lawsuit? ]
March 14, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: A California unpaid wages lawsuit that was originally filed in August, 2014 at Los Angeles before removal a year later to the US District Court for the Central District of California, may settle for $2 million if an agreement on the part of all parties in the class action meet with Court and judicial approval.Read [ California Labor Lawsuit Expected to Settle for $2 Million ]
March 5, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Santa Clara, CA: Yet another California labor lawsuit has been filed against Google Inc. by a former software engineer who excelled at her work but, in the end felt victimized by an alleged workplace culture that objectified women. The search engine juggernaut already faces numerous lawsuits alleging discrimination and wrongful termination.Read [ Google Hit with Another California Wrongful Termination Lawsuit ]
- Status as Employee v. Independent Contractor Impacts Wage and Hour Claims By Gordon Gibb (Feb-26-18)
- Worker Claims Employment Discrimination Based on her Asian Heritage By Anne Wallace (Feb-22-18)
- Plaintiff Settles with Bank of America Corp. NA at the Eleventh Hour By Gordon Gibb (Feb-16-18)
- Late for Lunch Spells California Labor Lawsuits and a Shifting Work Environment By Jane Mundy (Feb-6-18)
- Jungle Trux Drivers the Latest to Challenge Unpaid Meal and Rest Breaks By Lucy Campbell (Jan-16-18)
- Lots of Changes and Updates to California Labor Law with the New Year By Gordon Gibb (Jan-2-18)
- Uber Hit with Proposed Class Action in California By Gordon Gibb (Dec-7-17)
- Tesla Hit with Racial Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Nov-29-17)
- Pacific Western Bank Shorted Workers OT Pay Lawsuit Alleges By Brenda Craig (Nov-16-17)
- Employees of Luxury California Resort Launch California Labor Lawsuit By Gordon Gibb (Nov-13-17)
- Are Franchisors like McDonalds Accountable for Wage Theft? By Anne Wallace (Oct-24-17)
- California Workers Get Protection from Employer Retaliation By Brenda Craig (Oct-11-17)
- California Class Action Labor Lawsuit Filed Against Marriott Subsidiary By Gordon Gibb (Oct-1-17)
- Safeway Inc. Faces Series of California Labor Code Trials By Brenda Craig (Sep-29-17)
- Facebook Slapped with Disability and Age Discrimination Lawsuit with Whistleblower Allegation By Brenda Craig (Sep-27-17)
- Google Accused of Violating California Equal Pay Act By Jane Mundy (Sep-22-17)
- On-Call Driver Sues Starbucks for Wage Theft By Anne Wallace (Sep-6-17)
- Bag Search Plaintiffs Get Another Bite at Apple By Anne Wallace (Aug-30-17)
- Lawsuit Alleges Resort Chain Can’t Ask Potential Employees to Wave Liability on Background Checks By Brenda Craig (Aug-26-17)
- How Often Must California Workers Get a Day Off? By Anne Wallace (Aug-17-17)
- California Employment Labor Law Class Action Gets Nod for $1.35 Million Settlement By Gordon Gibb (Aug-10-17)
- Giant Catering Company in California Labor Dispute By Brenda Craig (Jul-29-17)
- California Software Company Sues Competitors Over Use of Employment Agreements By Deb Hipp (Jul-22-17)
- Attorney discusses the California Employment Lawsuit and Settlement in Augustus v ABM Security Services By Jane Mundy (Jul-19-17)
- Proposed California Labor Law Class Action v. Nike to Remain in Federal Court By Gordon Gibb (Jul-13-17)
- Amazon California Labor Lawsuit: Plaintiff’s Attorney Weighs In By Jane Mundy (Jul-9-17)
- Employers Can’t Eat in to Workers’ Lunch Period says Lawsuit By Brenda Craig (Jul-2-17)
- California Labor Law Protects Workers, from Pole Dancers to Pot Growers to Babysitters By Jane Mundy (Jun-30-17)
- California Woman Sues Trump-Impersonating Boss For Race Discrimination By Deb Hipp (Jun-23-17)
- McDonald’s Overnight Shift and Pay Protocol Tested in Court By Gordon Gibb (Jun-5-17)
- Jury Awards $3 Million Verdict to California State Worker Who Claims Bosses Ignored His Allergies By Deb Hipp (May-30-17)
- Retaliation to be added to Tesla Inc. Workplace Racial Discrimination Suit By Brenda Craig (May-26-17)
- House Cleaner knows her Rights under California Labor Law By Jane Mundy (May-14-17)
- $2 Million California Labor Lawsuit Settlement with Costco Nearing Preliminary Approval By Gordon Gibb (May-4-17)
- Hilton Hotel Accused of Swiping Staff Tips By Brenda Craig (Apr-30-17)
- Key Energy Agrees to Settle California Workers Class Action for $3 Million By Deb Hipp (Apr-23-17)
- Violations of California Labor Law and Possibly Animal Rights By Jane Mundy (Apr-12-17)
- Nine-Year California Labor Lawsuit Will be Appealed By Gordon Gibb (Apr-5-17)
- Major League Baseball Fights Back in California Courtroom By Gordon Gibb (Mar-23-17)
- California Truckers Misclassified—Claiming Labor Law Violations By Jane Mundy (Mar-15-17)