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Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million

Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million April 15, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA  On April 15, a federal court in the Central District of California is expected to approve a $3.3 million settlement in Christina Epstein v. Walgreens Pharmacy Services Midwest LLC. The settlement will end a California labor lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of 6,745 pharmacy technicians who allege that Walgreens failed to compensate them for off-the-clock work and pay overtime wages, as required by California state labor law.
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7-Eleven Franchisees Glorified Managers or Business Owners?

7-Eleven Franchisees Glorified Managers or Business Owners? April 8, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA Who is minding the store? 7-Eleven franchisees say they aren’t; they claim that Seven-Eleven, Inc. is in complete control and treats them like “glorified managers” rather than business owners. The franchise owners say they have been misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. At the heart of this matter is the AB5 law.
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Claims of Rampant Gender Wage Discrimination at Disney

Claims of Rampant Gender Wage Discrimination at Disney March 23, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA A two-year old California labor lawsuit just took a new turn. Plaintiffs in Rasmussen v. Disney have been permitted to amend their complaint to add allegations that Disney “maintains a strict policy of pay secrecy” in violation of California labor law. If proved at trial, the allegation could establish a link between prohibited conduct and widespread pay discrepancies between men and women who perform similar jobs at Disney – giving lie to the claim that the pattern can be explained by differences in performance. Pay secrecy is thought to hurt female workers because it deprives them of the information they need to demand equal pay.


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Ninth Circuit Upholds Flight Attendants’ Claims for Overtime, Rest and Meal Breaks

Ninth Circuit Upholds Flight Attendants’ Claims for Overtime, Rest and Meal Breaks March 17, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA On February 23, the Ninth Circuit largely upheld a District Court grant of summary judgment to flight attendants in their class action lawsuit against Virgin America. Bernstein v. Virgin America Inc. alleged that the airline had failed to pay minimum wage and overtime and permit meal and rest breaks, as required by California labor law. The Ninth Circuit did, however, reduce certain penalties assessed against Virgin America.
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Employer Must Pay Attorney for Secret Settlement

Employer Must Pay Attorney for Secret Settlement March 7, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA Former motel employee William Hang filed a wage and hour lawsuit against his employer, but when Hang’s attorney sought the employer’s payment and obtained a default judgment of $255,000, he discovered that the employer had coerced Hang into a substantially less settlement: $20,000 cash.
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San Diego to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Firefighters’ Overtime Claims

San Diego to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Firefighters’ Overtime Claims February 26, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
San Diego, CA On February 8, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California approved a proposed settlement of Kelley v. City of San Diego. The settlement ends a class action California labor lawsuit brought by San Diego firefighters who claim that their overtime payments were miscalculated under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Under the terms of the settlement, San Diego will pay $1.575 million in back overtime and $1.575 million in liquidated damages as well as attorneys' fees and costs.

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Amazon to Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Tip Theft

Amazon to Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Tip Theft February 23, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC  On February 2, the FTC announced that Amazon will pay $6.17 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company pocketed tips promised to Amazon Flex drivers. The company allegedly changed its driver compensation structure in 2016 without informing drivers. Pending California labor lawsuits against Amazon, those, like lawsuits in Massachusetts and other states can be expected to continue. Although the settlement has no precedential value for these lawsuits, it builds a larger picture of worker mistreatment and widespread disregard for the requirements of wage and hour and consumer protection laws.

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California “New” Hero Pay for Grocery Workers Backfires

California “New” Hero Pay for Grocery Workers Backfires February 10, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA Another Hero Pay wage hike, this time local government-mandated pay, requires that grocery companies with over 300 employees increase California hourly wages an extra $4 per hour. The salary boost is meant to compensate grocery store workers for the dangers they face during the coronavirus pandemic. However, it seems to have backfired: Some grocery stores have closed, leaving hundreds of frontline grocery workers with zero wages.
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California Poultry Processor Slapped with TRO

California Poultry Processor Slapped with TRO January 26, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Merced County, CA On December 23, the Superior Court of California, Merced County ordered Foster Poultry Farms, a chicken processing plant, to  comply with federal and California workplace safety protocols at its Livingston facility. The California labor lawsuit, brought by the United Farm Workers and two workers at the plant, details a persistent pattern of reckless disregard for worker safety that had continued even after Merced County shut the plant down as a “public nuisance,” the infection rate in the county spiked and workers died.
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California Coronavirus Litigation—Amazon Evades Attorney General: A TimeLine

California Coronavirus Litigation—Amazon Evades Attorney General: A TimeLine January 21, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA California's Attorney General slapped a lawsuit on Amazon, alleging the company refused to provide information about its coronavirus safety protocols and potential outbreaks, adding to the wave of coronavirus litigation nationwide and violating the California labor code.

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