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Jamba Juice Feels the Squeeze in California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit

Jamba Juice Feels the Squeeze in California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit March 11, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl has approved Jamba Juice’s offer to settle a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit for $1.95 million. The plaintiffs in Arteaga v. Jamba Juice claimed that the smoothie chain forced nearly 5,500 employees to work off the clock – through meal breaks and without proper overtime pay.
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Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million

Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million March 4, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
San Jose, CA Centerplate of Delaware Inc. , a multinational food and beverage company, has offered to pay $5.4 million to resolve stadium workers’ claims that the company failed to pay wages required under various provisions of California labor law. Raquedan v. Centerplate accuses the company of failing to provide meal breaks and sick days; as well as failing to pay for accrued vacation days, time spent waiting at security checkpoints and the cost of uniforms.
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California Misclassified Independent Contractors Settle for Employee Status—is it the Right Choice?

California Misclassified Independent Contractors Settle for Employee Status—is it the Right Choice? March 1, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA: From strippers to cooks to construction workers, independent contractors who say they are misclassified under California labor laws may want to take into consideration what they stand to lose before filing a misclassification lawsuit to be classified as an employee. Sure, the benefits are enticing but they come at a price, such as loss of independence
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Trouble ahead for California trucker wage lawsuits?

Trouble ahead for California trucker wage lawsuits? February 7, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA The California Labor Commissioner awarded 24 truck port drivers a total of $6 million for unpaid wages and benefits. The underpayment arose from NFI/California Cartage Express’s practice of intentionally misclassifying the drivers as independent contractors, rather than as employees. Since the 2018 California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, many California unpaid wage lawsuits that deal with misclassification problem have gone for workers. Dynamex is under legal assault, however, particularly in the trucking industry.
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The Labor Commissioner's Office Working California Overtime?

The Labor Commissioner's Office Working California Overtime? February 4, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Oakland, CA: Last year the restaurant industry alone was cited in California labor law violations amounting to millions of dollars. And according to a 2017 report, California wage theft can cost workers about $2 billion per year. That amount may rise now that agricultural workers are entitled to farmworker overtime pay based on a schedule issued by the Labor Commissioner's Office that went into effect as of January 1, 2019.
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Underground Economy Keeping California’s Field Enforcers Busy

Underground Economy Keeping California’s Field Enforcers Busy January 30, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
San Diego, CA: The Labor Commissioner’s Office is cracking down on California’s underground economy. Daniel Yu, Assistant Chief with the Bureau of Field Enforcement is charged with making sure employers comply with California labor laws, and that every worker, including illegals, is entitled to full protection.
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Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Named in Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Named in Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit January 7, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Santa Clara, CA In late 2018, R. Ross and C. Rogus filed a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) that describes a pattern of gender-based pay discrimination. It’s hardly news, you think, that tech giants underpay women.
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The New Year Rings in New Sexual Harassment Rules, Mainly Triggered by #MeTooMovement

The New Year Rings in New Sexual Harassment Rules, Mainly Triggered by #MeTooMovement January 4, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA:The #MeTooMovement has resulted in a number of new laws with the goal to make it easier for employees to report sexual harassment and for employers to have a voice in investigations concerning this and other California labor law violations. Most of these laws took effect January 1, and employers would be wise to become familiar with them.
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Employers can be Liable for California Wage-Hour Violations

Employers can be Liable for California Wage-Hour Violations December 10, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA: Can an individual be held liable for alleged California wage law violations?
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California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Goes to Jail

California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Goes to Jail December 7, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Diego, CA A year and a half ago, Sylvester Owino and Jonathan Gomez filed a California unpaid wages lawsuit against CoreCivic, a for-profit business that runs private prisons, including the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego. The lawsuit alleges violations of federal human trafficking laws and California labor laws relating to minimum wage, overtime, and meal breaks, among other things. Discovery is expected to continue into March 2019, with a trial to follow.
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