LAWSUITS NEWS & LEGAL INFORMATION
California Labor Law Legal News Articles & Interviews
October 27, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Volkswagen Salespeople Claim Lost Income due to VW’s Deceptive Practices ]
Santa Clara, CA A dispute over whether Volkswagen is a joint employer stems from a California labor lawsuit that has dragged on since 2016. VW sales representatives in California claim the German automaker is liable for wage and hour violations and the commissions they lost over the emissions-cheating scandal that blew up in 2015.
October 19, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Google Worker Secrecy Agreements to face California Labor Lawsuit ]
San Francisco, CA On September 21 the California Court of Appeals ruled that Google and Adecco USA, Inc., a staffing company, must face allegations that the confidentiality agreements required of all Google employees violate the California Labor Code. Among other remedies, Doe v. Google seeks penalties under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), in which as many as 65,000 Google employees might share. The sum of money could be massive, even for the tech giant.
October 8, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Farmworkers Compensated for Unpaid Rest Breaks ]
San Joaquin, CA A group of farmworkers have finally been compensated after a California appeals court rejected their unpaid rest breaks--twice. The farm laborers first filed their California labor lawsuit in 2009 against their employer; the case went to court in 2014 and plaintiffs appealed in 2016.
October 2, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ It’s “Your Money or Your Life” for Senior Workers ]
Sacramento, CA A nationwide flood of Covid-19-driven age discrimination lawsuits suggests that similar surge in California labor lawsuits is imminent. A New York case may be a harbinger of things to come. In Kanyuk v. Shearman & Sterling, LLP, a 62-year-old employee was the first to be fired in a wave of Covid-19-related layoffs. The employer claimed that the layoff was necessary for economic reasons. The worker cried age discrimination.
September 24, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Refinery Workers Clinch $4.4 Settlement in Rest Break Lawsuit ]
Los Angeles, CA On August 24, the District Court for the Central District of California gave final approval to a settlement under which ExxonMobil, PBF Energy Limited and Torrance Refining Company, LLC will pay a total of nearly $4.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit in which refinery workers claim that they were denied the paid rest breaks required under California labor law.
September 23, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Farmers Insurance Overtime Pay Settlement – Over and Over Again ]
Los Angeles, CA Farmers Insurance has agreed to settle a California wage and hour lawsuit brought by Famers special investigators alleging failure to pay overtime, including meal breaks and rest periods. The settlement includes anyone who worked in California for Farmers as a special investigator between 2013 and 2018. And this is not the first time Famers has settled an overtime claim.
September 16, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Are Employers’ Facebook Recruiting Practices Exempt from Age Discrimination Laws? ]
San Francisco, CA Bradley et al v. T-Mobile US Inc. et al., a long-running lawsuit first filed in 2017, alleges that T-Mobile’s Facebook recruitment practices violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The nationwide, class action lawsuit also alleges violations of the California labor code and other state laws.
September 13, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Two Circuit Courts to Decide whether Drivers-for-Hire Can Get their Day in Court ]
San Francisco, CA Two federal appeals courts have or will consider whether Lyft and GrubHub drivers are engaged in interstate commerce , and so exempt from the requirements of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The California labor lawsuit. Rogers v. Lyft, Inc., began as a dispute about the drivers’ lack of paid sick leave. The drivers’ appeal from a decision of the Northern District of California will be heard by the Ninth Circuit. On August 19 the Ninth Circuit held that Amazon last-mile delivery drivers were engaged in interstate commerce even when they never crossed state lines.
September 8, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Amazon Last Mile Delivery Workers Get Right to Sue under California Labor Law ]
San Francisco, CA California “last mile” delivery drivers, who are often hired as independent contractors, may have the right to file lawsuits for overtime, minimum wage and other California labor law violations. In a recent Ninth Circuit decision, Rittman v. Amazon, the court held that an Amazon Flex driver was not bound by the terms of an arbitration agreement he had signed. Even though his tasks never led him across state lines, he was exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act’s (FAA) enforcement provisions as a transportation worker engaged in interstate commerce.
September 6, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Retaliation Lawsuit Against Elon Musk’s Rocket Company Following Sexual harassment Complaints ]
Los Angeles, CA Over the course of three summers, former SpaceX intern Julia Crowley-Farenga claims that she was sexually harassed. In her California labor lawsuit, the (now) NASA engineer claims she was retaliated against for filing a sexual harassment complaint to human resources of Elon Musk’s rocket company.
- 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)
- California Labor Law Issues During Coronavirus Crisis By Jane Mundy (Apr-8-20)
- Papa John’s to Settle California Wage Theft Lawsuit for $3.4 Million By Anne Wallace (Apr-3-20)
- Overlooked, Underpaid California Workers Face Dire Coronavirus Risk By Anne Wallace (Mar-26-20)
- California Labor Law and COVID-19: Top questions asked by California Workers By Jane Mundy (Mar-17-20)
- PricewaterhouseCoopers to Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit for $11.6 Million By Anne Wallace (Mar-12-20)
- $2 Million Blue Apron Settlement Tells Two Stories By Anne Wallace (Mar-9-20)
- UPS Facing Multiple Employee Lawsuits, Employees Feeling Pressured By Jane Mundy (Mar-7-20)
- Judge to Uber on AB5: That Means You, Too, and Now By Anne Wallace (Feb-14-20)
- Discrimination Pervasive Despite California Labor Law By Jane Mundy (Feb-13-20)
- Strippers Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $3.65 Million By Anne Wallace (Feb-10-20)
- Follow-up with California Labor Commissioner’s Office after Wage Theft Fines By Jane Mundy (Feb-5-20)
- Uber Steering around AB40 By Jane Mundy (Feb-4-20)
- Court Permanently Halts California Ban on Mandatory Arbitration By Anne Wallace (Feb-3-20)
- Ninth Circuit Affirms $54.6 Wage Award for Walmart Truckers By Anne Wallace (Jan-21-20)
- California Employment Laws include Wage & Hour and Misclassification Updates By Jane Mundy (Jan-13-20)
- Disneyland Workers file a lawsuit alleging they aren’t paid Minimum Wage By Jane Mundy (Jan-7-20)