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Still No Pay for California Residential Care Workers

Still No Pay for California Residential Care Workers June 14, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA Residential care workers can win California unpaid wages lawsuits when they sue their employers for wage theft and other illegal employment practices. That’s the good news. But the bad news is that they are still having trouble getting paid, and the violations of California state labor laws continue.
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Along with Sexual Harassment Charges, Luxury Resort Faked Worker Breaks

Along with Sexual Harassment Charges, Luxury Resort Faked Worker Breaks June 10, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: The Terranea Resort, which calls itself Los Angeles’ Hidden Gem and the only luxury destination resort on the LA coast, can also be known as the “Fake Break” Resort.
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Jolene Provencio stood up for a co-worker. Then Intel drove her out of her job.

Jolene Provencio stood up for a co-worker. Then Intel drove her out of her job. May 27, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Denver, CO On April 30, 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ended Jolene Provencio’s lawsuit against Intel Corporation. She claimed that she had been retaliated against for participating in an internal discrimination investigation involving a co-worker. It’s a different state and a different judicial circuit, but some of the lessons of Provencio v. Intel Corporation apply in California workplace retaliation lawsuits, as well.
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Morgan Stanley Coughs Up Over $10 million For Failing to Cover Advisors Work- Related Expenses

Morgan Stanley Coughs Up Over $10 million For Failing to Cover Advisors Work- Related Expenses May 15, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA: Morgan Stanley, known as one of the world's top investment banks, regularly stiffed its workers, according to a proposed class action lawsuit that was settled in California federal court last month to the tune of $10.2 million. The international financial firm was accused of forcing its financial advisers to pay expenses such as business travel, phone and internet services and licensing fees and more, which violate the California Labor Law
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President (of Yale) Can’t Dodge Deposition

President (of Yale) Can’t Dodge Deposition May 9, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
New Haven, CT Peter Salovey, the president of Yale University, must submit to a deposition in a long-running class action ERISA lawsuit. Vellali v. Yale University claims that the university, as a fiduciary of the Yale University Retirement Account Plan (the “Plan”), mismanaged Plan assets and investment options in a way that harmed workers trying to save for retirement. It occurs in the context of several similar university ERISA lawsuits. The results of these have been very mixed – some wins, some losses for plan participants, with no clear trend developing. Yale University also has a long history of labor troubles.
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Glasswerks L.A, Inc. to pay $1.3 Million to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit

Glasswerks L.A, Inc. to pay $1.3 Million to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit May 7, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA A Los Angeles commercial glass manufacturer has agreed to pay $1.3 million to resolve a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit brought on behalf of workers who claim they were shorted on overtime and meal and rest breaks between 2012 and 2018. Most of the more than 1,000 current and former employees affected will pocket about $800, although some will collect as much as $2,400.
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Wal-Mart Breaks for California Employees

Wal-Mart Breaks for California Employees May 6, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: Every time an employee at a Wal-Mart fulfillment center in Chino, California wanted to leave the building they were required to go through anti-theft metal detectors. This time-consuming process cut into 30-minute lunch breaks, unless of course you didn’t leave the building to eat lunch. And on April 12, 2019 a federal district court jury ruled that a violation of the California labor law, ordering Wal-Mart to shell out over $6 million.
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Latest ERISA Lawsuit News – 401k Mismanagement Lawsuits Going Strong, New Settlement in Treatment Denial Case

Latest ERISA Lawsuit News – 401k Mismanagement Lawsuits Going Strong, New Settlement in Treatment Denial Case April 26, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA Three ERISA lawsuits – two in the District Court for the Central District of California and two in the Northern District of California – show that ERISA can be a powerful tool to protect workers’ rights. Plan participants who claim that their 401k accounts were mismanaged are on a lawsuit hot streak, and patients who have had coverage denied for medical treatments deemed too “investigational” are beginning to see some success, as well.
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Uber Settles Driver Lawsuit for $20 Million

Uber Settles Driver Lawsuit for $20 Million April 18, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA The settlement in O’Connor v. Uber, if approved, will end a 6-year class action California labor lawsuit over worker misclassification. The affected drivers will receive approximately 37 cents per mile driven for Uber. Significantly, however, Uber has not agreed to re-classify drivers as employees for benefit, minimum wage and overtime protections under California labor law. The settlement occurs as Uber moves toward an initial public offering that could value the company at $100 billion.
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California Truckers Keep Trucking – by the Hour

California Truckers Keep Trucking – by the Hour April 17, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: The Supreme Court’s decision in March to reject the California Trucking Association’s appeal regarding workers illegally misclassified by companies as independent contractors is a victory for the California Labor Commissioner, truckers and teamsters. While the decision doesn’t set a standard for determining whether an independent driver is an employee, workers may be considered employees under the California prevailing wage law.
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