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California Labor Law Legal News Articles & Interviews
January 14, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Pot Shop Employees High-Five Union for Back Pay ]
Oakland, CA It doesn’t matter how many times a California business changes its name or sells to another company—a union contract stays put. Case in point: the United Food and Commercial Workers, (UFCW) pressured two pot shops on behalf of their weed workers, despite the dispensaries changing hands a few times, and they came to a $75,000 settlement over back pay, specifically union raises.
January 13, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Olson v. Becerra Challenges AB 5 Constitutionality Again ]
Los Angeles, CA On November 9, two individual and two company plaintiffs, including Uber and Postmates, filed a California labor lawsuit against the State of California. Olson v. Becerra challenges the constitutionality of AB 5 and related laws. In December, California filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that the Second Amended Complaint does little to remedy the flaws that led to the lawsuit’s dismissal without prejudice in September. This time California seeks to bar the lawsuit permanently.
January 10, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Some California Drivers May Lose Their Right to Pursue Wage Lawsuits against Uber ]
San Francisco, CA On December 22, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard arguments in James v. Uber Technologies Inc., a class action California labor lawsuit. Judge Edward Chen appeared to focus particularly on whether the facts of the case would support the inclusion of drivers who also have other jobs in the class seeking certification.
January 5, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Nursing Home Overtime Settlement ]
Los Angeles, CA A California labor lawsuit claiming wage and labor violations has finally been agreed upon for $3 million. The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), originally filed in 2015, sought to represent over 250 former and current nursing home workers employed by Five Star Quality Care Inc.
January 4, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Oracle in the Hot Seat over Gender Pay Discrimination (Again) ]
San Mateo, CA On December 18, the California Superior Court refused to dismiss a Complaint alleging that Oracle America, Inc. systematically paid women less than men for comparable work. The California labor lawsuit, describes a pattern all-too-familiar from other gender discrimination lawsuits against Silicon Valley tech giants, including Google, Uber and HP as well as Oracle.
December 28, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Nurse Recruiters Fight for Meal Break Pay ]
San Francisco, CA On December 1, the California Supreme Court heard arguments by nurse recruiters seeking to revive a California labor lawsuit against AMN Services LLC. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2014, arose from the way the company’s time-rounding software had tracked employees’ required meal breaks.
December 17, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Can California Cashiers Sit on the Job? ]
Sacramento, CA The latest ruling over Ralphs Grocery Store seating for cashiers – initially filed in 2016— has reversed a trial court’s decision to link two California labor lawsuits that accuse parent company The Kroger Co. of not providing its employees with seating. On November 20, the California state appeals court found that cases implicating different job titles, time periods and claims could be litigated separately.
December 11, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Rothenberg Ventures Management Employees Sue for Back Wages ]
San Francisco, CA In 2016, Katie Fanelli filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for the County of San Francisco alleging that her employer, Rothenberg Ventures Management Co., violated California state labor law by failing to pay workers overtime and stiffing them of their final paychecks when the company laid them off. As of November, the court seemed inclined to permit the lawsuit to proceed as a class action, covering all former employees between 2012 and 2016 who had claims of less than $75,000. It is, realistically, the only way that individuals with relatively small wage claims can seek relief under California employee labor law.
Ride-Hailing Companies exempt from classifying drivers as employees, but not exempt from California labor lawsuits
December 9, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Ride-Hailing Companies exempt from classifying drivers as employees, but not exempt from California labor lawsuits ]
San Francisco, CA Despite winning Proposition 22, which means that Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies are exempted from AB5 and drivers are reclassified as independent contractors, the companies are not immune to California labor lawsuits.
December 3, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Walmart Howls at California Labor Law Fines ]
San Jose, CA “This case is about Walmart’s practice of routinely violating the California Labor Code.” The first sentence of plaintiff’s’ brief to the Ninth Circuit in Magadia v. Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. neatly sums up the workers’ argument. Walmart, on the other hand, argues that this is all very unfair, the alleged violations of law (if they happened) were inadvertent -- mere technicalities anyway, and certainly did not merit a $102 million judgment.
- 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)
- Google Worker Secrecy Agreements to face California Labor Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Oct-19-20)
- 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)
- Amazon Last Mile Delivery Workers Get Right to Sue under California Labor Law By Anne Wallace (Sep-8-20)
- Retaliation Lawsuit Against Elon Musk’s Rocket Company Following Sexual harassment Complaints By Jane Mundy (Sep-6-20)
- Our love-hate relationship with Uber and Lyft –Can we Compromise? By Jane Mundy (Aug-26-20)
- Supreme Court Blocks Teachers from Suing Church Schools for Job Discrimination By Anne Wallace (Aug-14-20)
- July 1 Minimum Wage Rates Affect Other California Prevailing Wage Rules By Anne Wallace (Aug-12-20)
- Can California Employers Make Overtime Mandatory? By Anne Wallace (Aug-7-20)
- DoorDash Opens Litigation Door for Misclassification By Jane Mundy (Aug-4-20)
- The Gig is Up for California Car Wash By Jane Mundy (Jul-23-20)
- PAGA Claims Survive Dismissal of California Labor Code Violations By Anne Wallace (Jul-20-20)
- California Supreme Court Clarifies Reach of California Labor Code By Anne Wallace (Jul-13-20)
- Uber Slammed -- From California to Canada By Jane Mundy (Jul-5-20)
- Rite-Aid not doing it Right By Jane Mundy (Jul-3-20)
- Aldi, Inc. Settles California Overtime Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jul-1-20)
- Biden Backs Assembly Bill 5; Opposes Measure to Exempt App-Based Drivers By Anne Wallace (Jun-25-20)
- California AG Pressures Walmart to Protect Vulnerable Employees By Anne Wallace (Jun-19-20)
- Ninth Circuit: Workers Must be Paid for Call-in Shifts By Anne Wallace (Jun-15-20)
- Safeway and McDonalds Coronavirus Safety Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Jun-11-20)
- Truckers Fight Against Bill AB5, No Backup from Teamsters or State of California By Jane Mundy (May-31-20)
- California McDonald’s Workers Cite COVID-19 Safety Issues By Anne Wallace (May-25-20)
- The Gig Economy v. Assembly Bill 5 By Jane Mundy (May-19-20)
- California Sues Uber and Lyft By Anne Wallace (May-15-20)
- Some California Food Workers Choose between COVID-19 exposure or lost wages—will worker safety lawsuits follow? By Jane Mundy (May-12-20)
- California Suspends Worker Layoff Notifications. Did Velodyne Take Advantage? By Anne Wallace (May-4-20)
- Can California Employers Pay Workers with Reloadable Debit Cards? By Anne Wallace (Apr-27-20)
- California Labor Bill AB5 Adding Fuel to Fire with COVID-19 Crisis? By Jane Mundy (Apr-24-20)
- Uber Drivers May Have to Choose between COVID-19 Pay and Employee Status By Anne Wallace (Apr-13-20)