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Employer’s Three Strikes for California Overtime Violations

Employer’s Three Strikes for California Overtime Violations August 21, 2015. By Jane Mundy.
San Diego, CA Kathy and her co-workers believe they are entitled to California overtime for three reasons. If Kathy’s allegations are correct, her employer needs deep pockets to compensate for a number of labor law violations.
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Former and Current Workers Launch Unpaid Wages Class Action against Hertz Corp.

Former and Current Workers Launch Unpaid Wages Class Action against Hertz Corp. August 19, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA Sometimes it’s unpaid wages: other times it’s a donning and doffing lawsuit, where plaintiffs allege they were not paid for time spent suiting up in uniforms or protective gear, a process mandated by the employer but often not included in the employee’s wage compensation. In this case, one former and two current (as of July) employees of a Hertz Corporation outlet in the greater Los Angeles area quietly filed a class-action lawsuit alleging off-the-clock work.
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$4 Million Award in L.A. for Hispanic Boss Harassing Disabled White Coworker

$4 Million Award in L.A. for Hispanic Boss Harassing Disabled White Coworker August 14, 2015. By The National Trial Lawyers.
The City of Los Angeles has been ordered to pay a white ex-groundskeeper more than $4 million due to harassment and retaliation based on race and disability discrimination. James Duffy, a mentally disabled gardener employed by L.A. from 1991 until his retirement in 2010, experienced the discrimination at the hands of his Hispanic supervisor, Abel Perez.
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Judge Grants Class-Action Status to California Labor Lawsuit against Apple

Judge Grants Class-Action Status to California Labor Lawsuit against Apple August 10, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
San Francisco, CA A 2013 California labor lawsuit against Apple alleging employees should be compensated for time taken to search their bags has been granted class-action status. The lawsuit alleged that up to 12,000 current and former employees at 52 stores in California should have been paid for security checks before they left their worksite.
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Overtime Lawsuits in the Sharing Economy

Overtime Lawsuits in the Sharing Economy August 8, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Sacramento, CA A new wave of California overtime lawsuits is being filed and according to The Wall Street Journal (8/2/15), this time the fight is over the rise of “sharing economy” businesses. Companies that have risen in the sharing economy - such as Lyft and Uber - face overtime lawsuits alleging workers are misclassified as independent contractors, meaning they aren’t eligible for minimum wage, overtime or other benefits.
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California Labor Law Action v. FedEx Certified As Class Action

California Labor Law Action v. FedEx Certified As Class Action August 1, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Sacramento, CA A lawsuit against FedEx Corp. (FedEx) alleging various affronts to California labor law that was first brought in California Superior Court has been granted class-action status. Plaintiffs and class members in the California labor lawsuit hold that FedEx violated state laws by failing to pay adequate wages.
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Cheerleaders Cheering New California Overtime Pay Law

Cheerleaders Cheering New California Overtime Pay Law July 30, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Sacramento, CA In a perhaps telling commentary on just how much overtime pay laws needed to be updated for cheerleaders in the state, California Governor Jerry Brown wasted little time in signing into law new legislation that protects the state’s cheerleaders, and recognizes the professional members among them as proper employees.
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Texas Employee Files Lawsuit for Unpaid Wages

Texas Employee Files Lawsuit for Unpaid Wages July 26, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Texarkana, TX A Texas employment lawsuit has been filed in Texas, alleging Harte-Hanks failed to properly pay employees for all hours worked. The Texas labor lawsuit was filed by an employee who worked at the company’s call center in Texarkana, Texas, and alleges that she and other employees were not paid for all time spent logging in to call systems or all time in administrative tasks at the end of the shift.
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FLSA, Wages and Fair Labor Standards Act, The National Retail Federation

FLSA, Wages and Fair Labor Standards Act, The National Retail Federation July 24, 2015. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA The Department of Labor’s proposal to revise overtime exemptions will also affect California overtime laws, even though the state’s overtime exemptions are stricter than that of the FLSA (Wages and Fair Labor Standards Act).
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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Donning and Doffing Lawsuit

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Donning and Doffing Lawsuit July 22, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear an unpaid wages lawsuit alleging employees were not properly paid for putting on and taking off protective gear for work. The lawsuit was filed by Tyson Foods employees who won the case when in the lower courts. Tyson Foods appealed the award, however, arguing the class should not have been certified.
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