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Restaurant Loses $3.2 Million California Labor Lawsuit

Restaurant Loses $3.2 Million California Labor Lawsuit May 5, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CA: A Los Angeles restaurant chain has been ordered to pay $3.2 million in a California labor lawsuit filed by a former employee who alleged racial discrimination and wrongful termination. Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles is reportedly appealing the award and has since filed for bankruptcy.
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Chipotle’s Social Media Policy is Illegal, Unlawfully Asked Employee to Delete Tweet

Chipotle’s Social Media Policy is Illegal, Unlawfully Asked Employee to Delete Tweet May 4, 2016. By The National Trial Lawyers.
Things haven’t been good lately for the widely-popular burrito chain Chipotle. From ongoing e-coli outbreaks to a sexual discrimination suit earlier this year, the Mexican grill is now facing violations of Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Association (NLRA).
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$84 Million Uber Settlement Announced

$84 Million Uber Settlement Announced April 30, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
San Francisco, CA: A settlement has been announced in the Uber lawsuit filed by drivers who alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors even though they were treated like employees. The settlement will not see the drivers reclassified as employees, meaning they still will not be eligible for overtime pay, sick leave or other benefits. A similar settlement involving Uber drivers was recently rejected by the judge in that lawsuit.
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A Successful Off-the-Clock Work Lawsuit Needs Reasonable Evidence

A Successful Off-the-Clock Work Lawsuit Needs Reasonable Evidence April 26, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
St. Paul, MN: There is little doubt that off the clock work keeps occurring as employers continue in their quest to squeeze as much work and as many hours out of their employees as possible without necessarily having to pay for it. The practice often results in a battle between employers continually trying to push the limits versus employees having drawn a line in the sand with a position that suggests, in sum, “if it’s a requirement of the job, you’re going to pay for it.”
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California Labor Lawsuit Can Proceed as a Class Action

California Labor Lawsuit Can Proceed as a Class Action April 18, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA A California labor lawsuit alleging various violations to California labor laws will go ahead as a class action, in spite of efforts by the defendants to have the two classes decertified. The original lawsuit was brought in December of 2011 in US District Court, Eastern District of California.
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Lyft: The Jury’s Still Out

Lyft: The Jury’s Still Out April 15, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: Everyone working in the “shared economy” is likely waiting the outcome of the Lyft litigation with baited breath. Attorney Todd Scherwin explains that, if drivers have been misclassified, employers will be on the hook for California overtime and benefits - and it will cost the consumer.
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North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” Has Serious Implications for State Employment Law

North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” Has Serious Implications for State Employment Law April 14, 2016. By The National Trial Lawyers.
The North Carolina “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act,” or House Bill 2 (“HB2”) is arguably the most anti-LGBT statute that has ever been passed in the United States of America. But HB2 is about more than just adding limits on what local government entities can do regarding public bathroom usage.
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Legacy of the California EDD: Quick to Deny, Slow to Appeal

Legacy of the California EDD: Quick to Deny, Slow to Appeal April 13, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
San Bernardino, CA: It’s little wonder that Californians turn to the legal system and a California Unemployment Insurance Denial lawsuit to appeal denied benefits, given the apparent track record of the state Employment Development Department (EDD) as outlined in a damning series of articles two years ago in the Los Angeles Times.
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Judge Rejects $12.25 Million Lyft Settlement

Judge Rejects $12.25 Million Lyft Settlement April 11, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
San Francisco, CA: A federal judge has rejected the settlement of a California labor lawsuit, finding plaintiffs’ attorneys undervalued the drivers’ claims and settled the suit for too little money. The ruling came in a California labor claim alleging Lyft drivers were misclassified as independent contractors, which deprived them of the protections and benefits given to employees. Although a preliminary settlement was reached, that settlement did not see drivers reclassified as employees, leading Teamsters and other Lyft drivers to file objections to the settlement.
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Dr. Pepper Peppered with a Class-Action Overtime Pay Lawsuit

Dr. Pepper Peppered with a Class-Action Overtime Pay Lawsuit April 10, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
San Bernardino, CA: An overtime pay laws class action was recently launched in the state of California alleging that a bottler of popular soft drinks incorrectly classified its Quality Supervisors as exempt from qualifying for overtime pay. It is also alleged that meal and rest periods, mandated under California labor law, were not provided.
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