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Nail Salon Industry in New York Reportedly Filled with Wage Violations

Nail Salon Industry in New York Reportedly Filled with Wage Violations March 1, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
New York, NY: Following up on a report from 2015, the New York Times (2/29/16) has once again investigated the New York nail salon industry, and has found widespread wage and hour violations. Workers in the nail salon industry, The Times reports, are frequently underpaid and overworked, and at risk of serious illness linked to the chemicals they are exposed to on a daily basis. In May, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a multi-agency task force to combat wage theft and other workplace violations in New York nail salons.
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California Plaintiff Alleges Violations of Overtime, Meal Breaks

California Plaintiff Alleges Violations of Overtime, Meal Breaks February 29, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: The new year brought a resolution to right a wrong for one California plaintiff, who last month filed a California Labor Lawsuit alleging nonpayment of owed overtime pay, together with the lack of provision and allowance for uninterrupted meal breaks as required under California labor law and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
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California Overtime Lawsuit Alleges Restaurants Violate Pay Laws

California Overtime Lawsuit Alleges Restaurants Violate Pay Laws February 27, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CA: A California overtime lawsuit alleges a company that owns IHOP and Applebee’s restaurants violates California overtime laws by not properly paying overtime and other earned wages. The lawsuit was filed on February 18, 2016, by Jewel Gardner against DineEquity Inc. in California court. Gardner argues in her lawsuit that she was misclassified as exempt from overtime pay and was wrongfully terminated from her position.
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California Overtime Lawsuit Settlement Awards Restaurant Workers

California Overtime Lawsuit Settlement Awards Restaurant Workers February 18, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: Contrary to how some restaurant employers choose to conduct business, it doesn’t pay to cheat employees out of California overtime pay. For example, a recent overtime complaint resulted in the owners of a number of sushi and ramen eateries, namely Gatten Sushi and Yushoken Ramen, paying their sushi chefs and other workers $621,000 in back wages and damages, and $156,640 in civil penalties.
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Uber Lawsuit Alleges Driver Made $80 per Week

Uber Lawsuit Alleges Driver Made $80 per Week February 15, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Sacramento, CA: Although the Lyft California labor lawsuit has been settled, the Uber lawsuit has so far not slowed down, with more drivers joining lawsuits filed in more than 10 states. A federal labor lawsuit filed in California has already been certified a class action, and a new lawsuit filed in Philadelphia illustrates some of the complaints alleged by drivers across the United States. Plaintiffs say they were misclassified as independent contractors when they should have been employees. Because of that misclassification, the lawsuits allege, drivers were improperly denied benefits and protections they should have received.
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LAPD Employee Receives $1 Million Settlement for Workplace Retaliation

LAPD Employee Receives $1 Million Settlement for Workplace Retaliation February 13, 2016. By The National Trial Lawyers.
A Los Angeles Superior Court plaintiff received a $1 million settlement for her lawsuit against the city for discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Plaintiff Danielle Wells, a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) employee, filed a government tort claim and eventually a lawsuit against the City for serious violations of California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and of Labor Code § 1102.5.
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California Overtime $1.5 Million Settlement Up for Final Approval in April

California Overtime $1.5 Million Settlement Up for Final Approval in April February 8, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: It was in December of last year that an overtime pay laws class action was quietly granted preliminary approval for a $1.5 million settlement. Plaintiffs in the action are looking forward to April 12, the date during which arguments for final approval will be heard.
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Yahoo: Wrongful Termination and Discrimination or Disgruntled Employee?

Yahoo: Wrongful Termination and Discrimination or Disgruntled Employee? February 4, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
San Jose, CA: A former Yahoo employee has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Internet giant, claiming gender discrimination, a violation of the California labor law.
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Will Lyft Class-Action Settlement Backfire for Drivers?

Will Lyft Class-Action Settlement Backfire for Drivers? February 2, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA: While the recent Lyft class-action settlement addresses certain California labor laws that will benefit its drivers, those drivers are still classified as independent contractors rather than employees.
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Lyft Settles California Overtime Lawsuit

Lyft Settles California Overtime Lawsuit January 31, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Sacramento, CA: Lyft has agreed to settle the proposed class-action California overtime lawsuit filed by thousands of the company’s drivers, who alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. The settlement leaves Uber, another ride-sharing company, to face its own lawsuit filed by drivers who claim they should be considered employees and are entitled to rights and benefits including overtime pay and sick days.
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