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September 4, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Safeway’ $1.45 million deal Just One of Many PAGA California Labor Complaints ]
Oakland, CA: If finally approved, a lawsuit brought under PAGA will settle California labor law claims brought on behalf of 35,000 workers in California who allege that Safeway failed to provide accurate pay stubs. The giant supermarket chain’s $1.45 million deal would affect former and current workers.
August 21, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Labor Lawsuit Targets Meal Break Violations ]
Oakland, CA A former Payless Car Rental Inc. employee has asked a California court to grant class action status to a lawsuit that focuses on meal break waivers that were allegedly illegal under California labor employment law. Judge Michael Markman seemed doubtful, but set the next hearing date for November 5. A denial of class action status would likely put an end to the lawsuit, at least with regard to classes of plaintiffs not certified.
August 20, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Former CNN Producer Gets Green Light to Proceed With Discrimination Claim ]
Los Angeles, CA: Former Emmy-winning producer Stanley Wilson filed an employee discrimination lawsuit against CNN, as a violation of California labor law, back in 2014 and the case has wound up in the California Supreme Court, partially overturning a previous court decision allowing CNN to wield California’s anti-SLAPP statute to dismiss Wilson’s lawsuit.
August 9, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Google’s Age Discrimination Settlement--Again ]
Sacramento, CA: Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age, at least not with Google. If it did, Google would have wizened up a decade ago, when the courts warned the Internet giant of its “systematic practice of discrimination" involving job applicants who were age 40 and over. Instead, it recently shelled out $11 million to settle a California age discrimination class action lawsuit.
August 5, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Uber to Settle Class Action Contract Lawsuit for $395,000 ]
San Francisco, CA The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California appears ready to approve a settlement in Dulberg v. Uber Technologies Inc. that will net nearly a quarter of the drivers only $20. The class action lawsuit is notable for two reasons. It was brought as a contract lawsuit, not under the provisions of California labor employment law. Secondly, the payouts are very small for many of those included in the class. Even Judge William Alsup, who presided over the case, described the settlement as “a low-end recovery for the class.”
July 19, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Women’s Soccer Team California Discrimination Lawsuits Trigger Athletics Fair Pay Act ]
Santa Clara, CA: On the heels of the U.S. women's soccer team victory and two ongoing California labor law discrimination lawsuits, two Democratic senators have introduced legislation that calls for equal pay for female Olympic and national team athletes.
July 15, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Ninth Circuit Confirms Death of “De Minimus” Rule in California Wage and Hour Lawsuits ]
San Francisco, CA On June 28, the Ninth Circuit confirmed that, in lawsuits brought under the California Labor Code, even very small amounts of work time – measured in seconds, not minutes – must be counted and compensated. The opinion in Rodriguez v. Nike should put an end to latest employer-driven campaign to revive the federal de minimus standard in California labor lawsuits.
July 8, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Comcast and O.C. Communications California Wage and Hour Settlement Finally Reached ]
San Francisco, CA: After two years of litigation, a California labor lawsuit involving about 4,500 technicians has finally settled for $7.5 million, after legal fees. The federal class action alleged that O.C. Communications Inc., a tech talent supplier, and Comcast Corp. violated state and federal laws, including not paying the workers for all the hours worked and failure to compensate the techs for piecework, overtime or minimum wages.
July 5, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ New FLSA Interpretation Would Limit Worker Wage Lawsuits ]
Washington, DC The Department of Labor has proposed changes in the interpretation of the “joint employer rule.” The rule allows workers, especially in class action wage and hour lawsuits, to reach beyond an immediate employer to seek recovery from a franchisor, corporate parent or other related business entity. If the change goes into effect, it will affect the application of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but it will not necessarily limit wage and hour protections under California labor law.
June 26, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Too Hard to Eat Lunch? – That Cost Wal-Mart $6 Million ]
Los Angeles, CA Chelsea Hamilton and Alyssa Hernandez brought a class action California labor lawsuit against Wal-Mart, claiming that going through the mandatory security check took so much time and was so intrusive that they were left with less than their legally protected half-hour meal break. Taking feminine hygiene stuff out of their purses was embarrassing. Ms. Hernandez also said the break room was crowded and noisy. They were not prevented from taking the break, but they were discouraged out of it. In April, they won a $6.1 million jury award on behalf of Wal-Mart workers.
- California Labor Bill AB5 has ride-hailing companies collaborating rather than competing – and waiting on CA Senate vote By Jane Mundy (Jun-24-19)
- Still No Pay for California Residential Care Workers By Anne Wallace (Jun-14-19)
- Along with Sexual Harassment Charges, Luxury Resort Faked Worker Breaks By Jane Mundy (Jun-10-19)
- Jolene Provencio stood up for a co-worker. Then Intel drove her out of her job. By Anne Wallace (May-27-19)
- Morgan Stanley Coughs Up Over $10 million For Failing to Cover Advisors Work- Related Expenses By Jane Mundy (May-15-19)
- President (of Yale) Can’t Dodge Deposition By Anne Wallace (May-9-19)
- Glasswerks L.A, Inc. to pay $1.3 Million to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (May-7-19)
- Wal-Mart Breaks for California Employees By Jane Mundy (May-6-19)
- Latest ERISA Lawsuit News – 401k Mismanagement Lawsuits Going Strong, New Settlement in Treatment Denial Case By Anne Wallace (Apr-26-19)
- Uber Settles Driver Lawsuit for $20 Million By Anne Wallace (Apr-18-19)
- California Truckers Keep Trucking – by the Hour By Jane Mundy (Apr-17-19)
- Revel Systems to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit for $2.75 Million By Anne Wallace (Apr-12-19)
- Workers Win California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit over Shift Call-Ins By Anne Wallace (Apr-8-19)
- Northern California Horse Training Facilities Busted for Wage and Hour Violations and Inhumane Workers’ Housing By Jane Mundy (Apr-3-19)
- Google Abandons Forced Arbitration of Employment Disputes By Anne Wallace (Mar-30-19)
- Ardent Settles Offshore Platform Workers’ Wage Claims for $2.3 Million By Anne Wallace (Mar-20-19)
- Jamba Juice Feels the Squeeze in California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Mar-11-19)
- Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million By Anne Wallace (Mar-4-19)
- California Misclassified Independent Contractors Settle for Employee Status—is it the Right Choice? By Jane Mundy (Mar-1-19)
- School Bus Drivers’ Wage Lawsuit Survives Crippling Challenge By Anne Wallace (Feb-22-19)
- Trouble ahead for California trucker wage lawsuits? By Anne Wallace (Feb-7-19)
- The Labor Commissioner's Office Working California Overtime? By Jane Mundy (Feb-4-19)
- Underground Economy Keeping California’s Field Enforcers Busy By Jane Mundy (Jan-30-19)
- Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Named in Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jan-7-19)
- The New Year Rings in New Sexual Harassment Rules, Mainly Triggered by #MeTooMovement By Jane Mundy (Jan-4-19)
- Employers can be Liable for California Wage-Hour Violations By Jane Mundy (Dec-10-18)
- California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Goes to Jail By Anne Wallace (Dec-7-18)
- Discrimination Laws Upheld with Teva Claim By Jane Mundy (Dec-6-18)
- California Independent Contractor Rules Collapse in Confusion By Anne Wallace (Nov-24-18)
- California Harassment Laws and Mandatory Arbitration Agreements stem from #MeToo movement By Jane Mundy (Nov-14-18)
- J.B. Hunt Settles California Labor Lawsuit with Truckers for $15million By Jane Mundy (Nov-8-18)
- Sephora Accused of Shorting Workers for Time to Don Makeup By Anne Wallace (Nov-5-18)
- Uber Misclassification Issue Now Facing Unfair Competition Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Nov-3-18)
- Google Employee Tagged as “Too Old” May Yet Have the Last Word By Anne Wallace (Oct-23-18)
- Los Angeles Sweatshops Cited for Wage and Hour Violations By Anne Wallace (Oct-14-18)
- Wage Theft Investigations at California Restaurants By Jane Mundy (Oct-8-18)
- Skirting around Donning and Doffing By Jane Mundy (Oct-4-18)
- California Donning and Doffing on the Clock? By Jane Mundy (Sep-26-18)
- Trunk Club Settles California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit for $1.75 Million By Anne Wallace (Sep-21-18)
- Exotic Dancers Bring California Labor Lawsuit to Recover Back Wages By Anne Wallace (Sep-18-18)