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California Unpaid Wages Legal News Articles & Interviews
September 17, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ “Quit or Die, N----r,” Read the Note ]
Fresno, CA Three former employees of Kraft Heinz Foods Co. at the Tulare, California plant have filed a lawsuit citing violations of federal and California employee labor laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the Ralph Civil Rights Act, and the Tom Bane Civil Rights Act.
September 10, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Assembly Bill 701 To Hold Amazon Accountable for Safe Workplace ]
Santa Clara, CA Assembly Bill 701 is expected to reach California lawmakers any day now. Bill 701 will curtail Amazon’s algorithm-led and unfavorable warehouse work conditions by requiring warehouses to disclose quotas and work speed metrics to employees and government agencies. The bill will also put an end to “time off task” penalties that affect health and safety, including bathroom use, and prohibit retaliation against workers who complain.
September 8, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ NLRB Hears Complaints of Workers Fired, Disciplined for Protesting Google’s Anti-Immigrant Work ]
San Francisco, CA In Google LLC and Alphabet Inc, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) charged Google and its parent company, Alphabet, Inc. with violating Sections 7 and 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). That federal law guarantees the rights of workers to unionize, join together to advance their interests as employees, and to refrain from such activity – rights in addition to those covered by California labor law.
September 2, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Grocery Stores Fined for Failure to Pay COVID-19 Sick Leave ]
Santa Clara, CA Three El Super grocery stores in Southern California were slapped with fines of more than $447,000 by California regulators last month for failing to provide or delay sick leave during the pandemic. The California Labor Commissioner’s Office said some of the 95 employees were forced to work while sick, others were told to apply for unemployment while quarantining or in isolation, and others waited months to be paid.
August 13, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Drivers’ PAGA Claims Survive Postmates’ Arbitration Challenge ]
San Francisco, CA On July 20, the California Court of Appeals rejected Postmates Inc.’s argument that the plaintiff drivers must submit their Private Attorney Generals Act (PAGA) claims to arbitration. In Winns v. Postmates, Inc., the couriers alleged that Postmates withheld wages, took tips given intended for couriers and misclassified the them as independent contractors, all in violation of the California labor code. The drivers also brought representative claims under PAGA and sought civil penalties and statutory damages for unpaid wages under Labor Code section 558.
August 9, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Minor League Baseball Players Sue for Unpaid California Wages ]
San Francisco, CA On July 23, the U.S. Magistrate sitting in the Northern District of California narrowed the subclass of plaintiffs who may seek injunctive relief in Senne v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. The lawsuit that makes claims under California prevailing wage laws among other state and federal statutes. The minor leaguers allege that they are paid far less than the minimum wage required under the California Labor Code, Sections 1182 and 1197 and, for long periods of time, required to work for no wages, at all.
August 2, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ SkyWest Flight Attendants File Rest and Meal Break California Lawsuit ]
Sacramento, CA SkyWest flight attendants are proceeding with their meal and rest break proposed class action after a California judge rejected the airline’s argument that federal regulations governing the airline industry preempt their claims.
July 30, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ ABM Industries to Settle Janitors’ Wage Lawsuits for $140 Million ]
San Francisco, CA On July 8, ABM Industries entered into a written agreement to settle the consolidated lawsuits, ABM Industries Overtime Cases (also known as the “Bucio case”), pending in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. Filed in 2006, the lawsuits allege that ABM’s prior timekeeping and payment practices shortchanged as many as 50,000 janitorial employees in violation of the California Labor Code. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, ABM will pay a total sum of $140 million to resolve all claims. The settlement remains subject to court approval.
July 15, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Magistrate Recommends Certification of Some Classes in Amazon Wage Lawsuit ]
Sacramento, CA On June 8, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe recommended that the Eastern District of California certify several classes of plaintiffs in Trevino v. Golden State FC LLC. In Trevino, workers at various Amazon fulfillment centers alleged that the internet retail giant had violated the California Labor Code by failing to pay wages due for regular and overtime hours worked and provide required meal and rest periods. The lawsuit sought class action certification for groups of similarly situated workers who could number in the hundreds of thousands and who worked at 50 California facilities. The Magistrate determined, however, that the claims of some workers were too individualized to merit inclusion in a class action lawsuit.
July 6, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Entry-Level Manager Sues Amazon for Misclassification ]
Oakland, CA Arguments in Michael Ortiz v. Amazon.com LLC opened in the Northern District of California on June 21, nearly five years after the California wage and hour lawsuit was initially filed. Much has already happened; the court has stripped out claims under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and denied the plaintiffs’ request to proceed as a class action lawsuit.
- Ninth Circuit Reverses $102 Million Wage Penalty against Walmart By Anne Wallace (Jun-24-21)
- Nike to Settle Bag Check Lawsuit for $8.25 Million By Anne Wallace (Jun-16-21)
- California Supreme Court to Rule on Rest and Meal Premium Payments By Anne Wallace (Jun-8-21)
- Bank of America Settles California Labor Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (May-28-21)
- One Fair Wage Slams Darden Restaurants’ Wage Practices By Anne Wallace (May-24-21)
- Production Worker Sues Sporting Goods Retailer for Overtime, COVID-19 Testing By Anne Wallace (Apr-26-21)
- Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million By Anne Wallace (Apr-15-21)
- 7-Eleven Franchisees Glorified Managers or Business Owners? By Jane Mundy (Apr-8-21)
- Claims of Rampant Gender Wage Discrimination at Disney By Anne Wallace (Mar-23-21)
- Ninth Circuit Upholds Flight Attendants’ Claims for Overtime, Rest and Meal Breaks By Anne Wallace (Mar-17-21)
- Employer Must Pay Attorney for Secret Settlement By Jane Mundy (Mar-7-21)
- San Diego to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Firefighters’ Overtime Claims By Anne Wallace (Feb-26-21)
- Amazon to Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Tip Theft By Anne Wallace (Feb-23-21)
- California “New” Hero Pay for Grocery Workers Backfires By Jane Mundy (Feb-10-21)
- California Poultry Processor Slapped with TRO By Anne Wallace (Jan-26-21)
- California Coronavirus Litigation—Amazon Evades Attorney General: A TimeLine By Jane Mundy (Jan-21-21)
- Pot Shop Employees High-Five Union for Back Pay By Jane Mundy (Jan-14-21)
- Olson v. Becerra Challenges AB 5 Constitutionality Again By Anne Wallace (Jan-13-21)
- Some California Drivers May Lose Their Right to Pursue Wage Lawsuits against Uber By Anne Wallace (Jan-10-21)
- California Nursing Home Overtime Settlement By Jane Mundy (Jan-5-21)
- Oracle in the Hot Seat over Gender Pay Discrimination (Again) By Anne Wallace (Jan-4-21)
- Nurse Recruiters Fight for Meal Break Pay By Anne Wallace (Dec-28-20)
- Can California Cashiers Sit on the Job? By Jane Mundy (Dec-17-20)
- Rothenberg Ventures Management Employees Sue for Back Wages By Anne Wallace (Dec-11-20)
- Ride-Hailing Companies exempt from classifying drivers as employees, but not exempt from California labor lawsuits By Jane Mundy (Dec-9-20)
- Walmart Howls at California Labor Law Fines By Anne Wallace (Dec-3-20)
- California Court Approves Taylor Farms Wage and Hour Settlement By Anne Wallace (Nov-25-20)
- California Office Manager Need Not Arbitrate PAGA Claim By Anne Wallace (Nov-24-20)
- Is Dynamex Ruling Retroactive? By Jane Mundy (Nov-18-20)
- California Voters Weighed In: Gig Workers are Independent Contractors By Jane Mundy (Nov-12-20)
- Hewlett Packard Settles Gender Discrimination Wage Complaint By Anne Wallace (Nov-4-20)
- California Court Okays Chipotle Wage Lawsuit Deal By Anne Wallace (Oct-29-20)
- Volkswagen Salespeople Claim Lost Income due to VW’s Deceptive Practices By Jane Mundy (Oct-27-20)
- California Farmworkers Compensated for Unpaid Rest Breaks By Jane Mundy (Oct-8-20)
- It’s “Your Money or Your Life” for Senior Workers By Anne Wallace (Oct-2-20)
- California Refinery Workers Clinch $4.4 Settlement in Rest Break Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Sep-24-20)
- Farmers Insurance Overtime Pay Settlement – Over and Over Again By Jane Mundy (Sep-23-20)
- Are Employers’ Facebook Recruiting Practices Exempt from Age Discrimination Laws? By Anne Wallace (Sep-16-20)
- Two Circuit Courts to Decide whether Drivers-for-Hire Can Get their Day in Court By Anne Wallace (Sep-13-20)
- Retaliation Lawsuit Against Elon Musk’s Rocket Company Following Sexual harassment Complaints By Jane Mundy (Sep-6-20)