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“Quit or Die, N----r,” Read the Note

“Quit or Die, N----r,” Read the Note September 17, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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California Assembly Bill 701 To Hold Amazon Accountable for Safe Workplace

Assembly Bill 701 To Hold Amazon Accountable for Safe Workplace September 10, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
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.
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NLRB Hears Complaints of Workers Fired, Disciplined for Protesting Google’s Anti-Immigrant Work

NLRB Hears Complaints of Workers Fired, Disciplined for Protesting Google’s Anti-Immigrant Work September 8, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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California Grocery Stores Fined for Failure to Pay COVID-19 Sick Leave

California Grocery Stores Fined for Failure to Pay COVID-19  Sick Leave September 2, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
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.
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Drivers’ PAGA Claims Survive Postmates’ Arbitration Challenge

Drivers’ PAGA Claims Survive Postmates’ Arbitration Challenge August 13, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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. 
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Minor League Baseball Players Sue for Unpaid California Wages

Minor League Baseball Players Sue for Unpaid California Wages August 9, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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SkyWest Flight Attendants File Rest and Meal Break California Lawsuit

SkyWest Flight Attendants File Rest and Meal Break California Lawsuit August 2, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
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.
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ABM Industries to Settle Janitors’ Wage Lawsuits for $140 Million

ABM Industries to Settle Janitors’ Wage Lawsuits for $140 Million July 30, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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.

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Magistrate Recommends Certification of Some Classes in Amazon Wage Lawsuit

Magistrate Recommends Certification of Some Classes in Amazon Wage Lawsuit July 15, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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. 

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Entry-Level Manager Sues Amazon for Misclassification

Entry-Level Manager Sues Amazon for Misclassification July 6, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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