LAWSUITS NEWS & LEGAL INFORMATION
California Unpaid Wages Legal News Articles & Interviews
September 18, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Taylor Farm’s Don-Doff Deal is Off ]
Tracy, CA: A proposed $5.3 million settlement by Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. to resolve claims that employees were not paid for donning and doffing and other California labor law violations was declined by a California federal judge last month, because the court “cannot simply rubber stamp a class action settlement.”
September 9, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California In-Home Supportive Services Workers get New Wage Protections under Federal Law ]
Los Angeles, CA Household workers, including those who care for the elderly or people with disabilities, are among the most vulnerable to wage theft and other forms of employment abuse. They work in isolation, behind closed doors and sometimes in fear of deportation. Ray v. County of Los Angeles cuts through the fog and fear to make clear that private litigants may recover unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The bigger picture is that the change in federal protection fills a gap in the legal safety net left under California’s Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, Wage Order 15 and other provisions of California labor employment law.
August 21, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Labor Lawsuit Targets Meal Break Violations ]
Oakland, CA A former Payless Car Rental Inc. employee has asked a California court to grant class action status to a lawsuit that focuses on meal break waivers that were allegedly illegal under California labor employment law. Judge Michael Markman seemed doubtful, but set the next hearing date for November 5. A denial of class action status would likely put an end to the lawsuit, at least with regard to classes of plaintiffs not certified.
August 5, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Uber to Settle Class Action Contract Lawsuit for $395,000 ]
San Francisco, CA The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California appears ready to approve a settlement in Dulberg v. Uber Technologies Inc. that will net nearly a quarter of the drivers only $20. The class action lawsuit is notable for two reasons. It was brought as a contract lawsuit, not under the provisions of California labor employment law. Secondly, the payouts are very small for many of those included in the class. Even Judge William Alsup, who presided over the case, described the settlement as “a low-end recovery for the class.”
July 19, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Women’s Soccer Team California Discrimination Lawsuits Trigger Athletics Fair Pay Act ]
Santa Clara, CA: On the heels of the U.S. women's soccer team victory and two ongoing California labor law discrimination lawsuits, two Democratic senators have introduced legislation that calls for equal pay for female Olympic and national team athletes.
July 15, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Ninth Circuit Confirms Death of “De Minimus” Rule in California Wage and Hour Lawsuits ]
San Francisco, CA On June 28, the Ninth Circuit confirmed that, in lawsuits brought under the California Labor Code, even very small amounts of work time – measured in seconds, not minutes – must be counted and compensated. The opinion in Rodriguez v. Nike should put an end to latest employer-driven campaign to revive the federal de minimus standard in California labor lawsuits.
July 8, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Comcast and O.C. Communications California Wage and Hour Settlement Finally Reached ]
San Francisco, CA: After two years of litigation, a California labor lawsuit involving about 4,500 technicians has finally settled for $7.5 million, after legal fees. The federal class action alleged that O.C. Communications Inc., a tech talent supplier, and Comcast Corp. violated state and federal laws, including not paying the workers for all the hours worked and failure to compensate the techs for piecework, overtime or minimum wages.
July 5, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ New FLSA Interpretation Would Limit Worker Wage Lawsuits ]
Washington, DC The Department of Labor has proposed changes in the interpretation of the “joint employer rule.” The rule allows workers, especially in class action wage and hour lawsuits, to reach beyond an immediate employer to seek recovery from a franchisor, corporate parent or other related business entity. If the change goes into effect, it will affect the application of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but it will not necessarily limit wage and hour protections under California labor law.
June 26, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Too Hard to Eat Lunch? – That Cost Wal-Mart $6 Million ]
Los Angeles, CA Chelsea Hamilton and Alyssa Hernandez brought a class action California labor lawsuit against Wal-Mart, claiming that going through the mandatory security check took so much time and was so intrusive that they were left with less than their legally protected half-hour meal break. Taking feminine hygiene stuff out of their purses was embarrassing. Ms. Hernandez also said the break room was crowded and noisy. They were not prevented from taking the break, but they were discouraged out of it. In April, they won a $6.1 million jury award on behalf of Wal-Mart workers.
California Labor Bill AB5 has ride-hailing companies collaborating rather than competing – and waiting on CA Senate vote
June 24, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Labor Bill AB5 has ride-hailing companies collaborating rather than competing – and waiting on CA Senate vote ]
Sacramento, CA: Uber and Lyft have become wildly successful, mainly due to classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, but misclassification is a violation of the California labor law and should the state Senate pass Bill AB5, the gig might be up for them and many other companies whose workers may be re-classified as employees.
- 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)
- Employers can be Liable for California Wage-Hour Violations By Jane Mundy (Dec-10-18)
- California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Goes to Jail By Anne Wallace (Dec-7-18)
- Discrimination Laws Upheld with Teva Claim By Jane Mundy (Dec-6-18)
- California Independent Contractor Rules Collapse in Confusion By Anne Wallace (Nov-24-18)
- J.B. Hunt Settles California Labor Lawsuit with Truckers for $15million By Jane Mundy (Nov-8-18)
- Sephora Accused of Shorting Workers for Time to Don Makeup By Anne Wallace (Nov-5-18)
- Google Employee Tagged as “Too Old” May Yet Have the Last Word By Anne Wallace (Oct-23-18)
- Los Angeles Sweatshops Cited for Wage and Hour Violations By Anne Wallace (Oct-14-18)
- Wage Theft Investigations at California Restaurants By Jane Mundy (Oct-8-18)
- Skirting around Donning and Doffing By Jane Mundy (Oct-4-18)
- California Donning and Doffing on the Clock? By Jane Mundy (Sep-26-18)
- Trunk Club Settles California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit for $1.75 Million By Anne Wallace (Sep-21-18)
- Exotic Dancers Bring California Labor Lawsuit to Recover Back Wages By Anne Wallace (Sep-18-18)
- California Court Saves Class Action Wage Claims from Forced Arbitration By Anne Wallace (Sep-7-18)
- Are Tutors Independent Contractors or Employees Under the California Labor Code? By Jane Mundy (Sep-6-18)
- H&M Plaintiffs Rely on Starbucks Workers’ Win To Bolster Case By Lori Prapas (Aug-19-18)
- Drywall Contractor Fined $2 million; Is California Wage Theft Rampant? By Jane Mundy (Aug-10-18)
- SoCal Drywall Company Fined $1.9M for Wage Theft Violations By Lori Prapas (Aug-7-18)
- California Supreme Court Says Employers Must Pay for De Minimis Off-the-Clock Work By Anne Wallace (Aug-3-18)
- Flight Attendants Anticipate $60 Million Award for California Labor Law Violations By Lori Prapas (Jul-25-18)
- Truckers Hauling to Trial Against J.B. Hunt for Alleged Wage and Hour Violations By Lori Prapas (Jul-20-18)
- Intel to Shell Out $5M to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit By Lori Prapas (Jul-16-18)