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California Beauty School Labor Lawsuit Could Represent Thousands

California Beauty School Labor Lawsuit Could Represent Thousands October 12, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA An interesting situation is percolating alongside a lawsuit alleging a beauty school owned by cosmetic giant Estée Lauder Inc. (Estée Lauder) is treating trainees as unpaid employees, a violation of California Labor Law. A wrinkle currently at play is the recent decision by a California judge that an arbitrator must first decide if it’s appropriate for a proposed class-action lawsuit to proceed before employees who did not sign arbitration agreements have the opportunity to try their claims.
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California Overtime Pay Plaintiffs Seek Final Approval of $4.25 Million Settlement

California Overtime Pay Plaintiffs Seek Final Approval of $4.25 Million Settlement October 11, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA A supplier of services to the retail giant Costco could face a monetary settlement worth $4.25 million if a federal judge in California grants approval of the tentative settlement in the wake of a California overtime pay lawsuit. The class action could benefit some 8,000 individuals who demonstrate products at Costco Warehouses.
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Workers Allege Overtime Pay Violations in Pennsylvania Employment Lawsuit

Workers Allege Overtime Pay Violations in Pennsylvania Employment Lawsuit October 10, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Pittsburgh, PA It may be based in Texas, but Express Energy Services LLC (Express Energy) is nonetheless facing a Pennsylvania employment class-action lawsuit after a wireline operator and a wireline hand claim they routinely work 84-hour weeks without receiving overtime pay. The plaintiffs allege the violations run afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various other statutes observed by the state of Pennsylvania, and one other state.
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California Labor Law Class-Action Wheels in Motion for Delivery Drivers

California Labor Law Class-Action Wheels in Motion for Delivery Drivers October 5, 2015. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA Uber and the “sharing economy” has opened up the California labor law floodgates regarding worker misclassification. More class-action lawsuits have been filed, arguing whether delivery drivers are independent contractors or direct employees.
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Staples Hit with Putative Class Action, Alleging Misclassification

Staples Hit with Putative Class Action, Alleging Misclassification September 26, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA Yet another overtime pay laws putative class action was filed earlier this month in California state court accusing Staples Inc. (Staples) of failing to provide overtime pay and required meal and rest periods through improper job classification.
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Microsoft Accused of Discrimination against Women

Microsoft Accused of Discrimination against Women September 21, 2015. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA Microsoft has been hit with the latest California labor lawsuit alleging gender-based discrimination. This complaint comes on the heels of several discrimination lawsuits against other tech titans, including Google and Twitter.
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Proposed Overtime Pay Laws Could Affect Many California Workers

Proposed Overtime Pay Laws Could Affect Many California Workers September 19, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Sacramento, CA The US Department of Labor has recommended changes to overtime pay laws, increasing the number of employees who are considered non-exempt from overtime pay. That means the number of employees eligible for overtime pay could increase if the recommendations are accepted. Overtime pay lawsuits have been filed against many employers alleging employees were wrongly denied or misclassified as exempt from overtime pay.
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Donning and Doffing Lawsuit Nets $9.75 Million Settlement

Donning and Doffing Lawsuit Nets $9.75 Million Settlement September 16, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Las Vegas, NV An unpaid overtime lawsuit filed against the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has resulted in a settlement worth $9.75 million. The lawsuit, filed by Darlene Lewis, alleged workers at the Cosmopolitan were not properly paid for all work mandated by the resort casino, including work that amounted to overtime hours.
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California Overtime Pay for Care Workers—About Time

California Overtime Pay for Care Workers—About Time September 8, 2015. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA It’s been a long legal battle. Home Care Workers can’t 100 percent bank on California overtime yet, but a federal court decision has cleared a long and winding path to give home care aides in California and nationwide overtime pay.
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Uber Lawsuit Gets Class-Action Status

Uber Lawsuit Gets Class-Action Status September 8, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
San Francisco, CA A California labor lawsuit filed by Uber drivers has been granted class-action status. The California labor lawsuit alleged Uber violated various employment laws by classifying the drivers as independent contractors instead of as employees and cheating the drivers out of tips. In making his ruling, U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen rejected Uber’s arguments that the drivers were too different to warrant class-action certification.
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