LAWSUITS NEWS & LEGAL INFORMATION
California Unpaid Wages Legal News Articles & Interviews
February 14, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Judge to Uber on AB5: That Means You, Too, and Now ]
Los Angeles, CA On February 10, the District Court for the Central District of California denied a motion for injunction that would halt enforcement of California’s Gig Worker Law against Uber and Postmates while both companies challenge the law’s constitutionality. The decision means that both companies must begin to treat workers as employees in accord with California labor law--and entitled (with few exceptions) to the benefits of California’s prevailing wage laws.
February 13, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Discrimination Pervasive Despite California Labor Law ]
Sacramento, CA California has always been at the forefront of protecting individuals from workplace discrimination and employment laws. Despite the California labor law, within some groups, discrimination is pervasive.
February 10, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Strippers Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $3.65 Million ]
Riverside, CA The District Court for the Central District of California has approved a $3.65 million settlement to end a California labor lawsuit that claims The Spearmint Rhino nightclub chain misclassified dancers as independent contractors in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and provisions of California Labor Law. The dancers, who "provided nude, semi-nude, and/or bikini entertainment," at the club’s locations since Oct. 30, 2017, will ultimately net about $2.6 million.
February 5, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Follow-up with California Labor Commissioner’s Office after Wage Theft Fines ]
Pasadena, CA After an employee at the Chapala Bakery complained about California labor violations, specifically wage theft, a joint investigation with Pasadena officials and the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) followed by several meetings held with Pasadena officials and the bakery business owner, the bakery was fined more than $80,000.
February 4, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Uber Steering around AB40 ]
San Fransicso In an effort to steer its way around the definition of independent contractor and avoid regulation under Assembly Bill 5 and the California labor law, Uber is re-introducing features it once considered untenable.
February 3, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Court Permanently Halts California Ban on Mandatory Arbitration ]
Sacramento, CA On January 31, the District Court for the Eastern District of California permanently enjoined enforcement of AB 51, a provision of California labor law that would have banned mandatory arbitration clauses in employment agreements on and after January 1, 2020.
January 21, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Ninth Circuit Affirms $54.6 Wage Award for Walmart Truckers ]
San Francisco, CA On January 6, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a $54.6 million jury award for Wal-mart's truck drivers under the provisions of California labor law. Wal-mart had challenged the 2016 District Court decision in Ridgeway v. Walmart, Inc. on a variety of grounds, including lack of jurisdiction, the certification of a class of similarly situated plaintiffs and the applicability of the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994.
January 13, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Employment Laws include Wage & Hour and Misclassification Updates ]
Sacramento, CA Many new California employment and labor laws went into effect this January 1, 2020. If you are a California employer, employee or independent contractor, it’s a good idea to review these new laws that have been passed as they might impact you.
January 7, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Disneyland Workers file a lawsuit alleging they aren’t paid Minimum Wage ]
Anaheim, CA All Disney employees are entitled to minimum wage, from bellhop to barista, Mickie and Minnie. But five current and former workers claim that the entertainment behemoth has violated the California labor law by failing to pay its workers minimum wage, failing to pay overtime and all wages owed at termination.
January 2, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Uber Drivers Survive Motion to Dismiss, Lose Preliminary Injunction ]
San Francisco, CA On December 16, Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California denied Uber’s Motion to Dismiss a class action California labor lawsuit that claims Uber drivers were misclassified as independent contractors under standards set out in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court. However, in Colopy v. Uber Techs Inc., Judge Chen also denied the drivers’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction. The injunction would have required the ride-hailing giant to begin to treat drivers as employees immediately.
- California Workers File Class Action Lawsuit against Cannabis Companies By Anne Wallace (Dec-10-19)
- McDonald’s $26 million California Labor Class Action Settlement By Jane Mundy (Dec-5-19)
- Unconscionable Arbitration Agreements; Less than Candid Lawyers By Anne Wallace (Nov-26-19)
- Disney’s Overtime Deal By Jane Mundy (Nov-25-19)
- California Assembly Bill 5 in for a Bumpy Ride with Truckers By Jane Mundy (Nov-20-19)
- T-Mobile Retail Workers Reach Wage Deal under California Labor Law By Jane Mundy (Nov-8-19)
- Delta Settles Overtime Lawsuit for $3.5 Million By Anne Wallace (Nov-6-19)
- Halliburton Settles California Labor Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Oct-24-19)
- Southwest Airlines Pilots Get $18.8 Million Settlement By Anne Wallace (Oct-23-19)
- College Athletes: Fair Pay to Play Act By Anne Wallace (Oct-22-19)
- Plaintiffs Cry Foul over $10.2 Million Morgan Stanley Settlement Offer By Anne Wallace (Oct-3-19)
- Diamonds and Wage Theft By Anne Wallace (Sep-25-19)
- Taylor Farm’s Don-Doff Deal is Off By Jane Mundy (Sep-18-19)
- California In-Home Supportive Services Workers get New Wage Protections under Federal Law By Anne Wallace (Sep-9-19)
- California Labor Lawsuit Targets Meal Break Violations By Anne Wallace (Aug-21-19)
- Uber to Settle Class Action Contract Lawsuit for $395,000 By Anne Wallace (Aug-5-19)
- Women’s Soccer Team California Discrimination Lawsuits Trigger Athletics Fair Pay Act By Jane Mundy (Jul-19-19)
- Ninth Circuit Confirms Death of “De Minimus” Rule in California Wage and Hour Lawsuits By Anne Wallace (Jul-15-19)
- Comcast and O.C. Communications California Wage and Hour Settlement Finally Reached By Jane Mundy (Jul-8-19)
- New FLSA Interpretation Would Limit Worker Wage Lawsuits By Anne Wallace (Jul-5-19)
- Too Hard to Eat Lunch? – That Cost Wal-Mart $6 Million By Anne Wallace (Jun-26-19)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)