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California Labor Law Legal News Articles & Interviews
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.
December 19, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Former Juul employee files California Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit ]
San Francisco, CA A former Juul employee filed a sexual harassment lawsuit early December in San Francisco Superior Court, claiming she was the victim of unwanted sexual advances. Her California labor lawsuit also claims wrongful termination after reporting the harassment incidents to the vaping company managers.
December 17, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Uber Likely to Dodge “Existential Threat” Posed by Driver Misclassification Lawsuit – Again ]
San Francisco, CA “How can you approve the settlement when the underlying contract is illegal?” Uber driver, S. Patrick Mendel’s question to the Northern District of California last spring rings with frustration. Judge Chen acknowledged as much: “This case did not resolve the ultimate question” for drivers who claim they were misclassified as independent contractors under provisions of California labor law. The result is unlikely to change following Mendel’s renewed, and probably last, round of objections to the Ninth Circuit in November.
December 10, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Workers File Class Action Lawsuit against Cannabis Companies ]
San Francisco, CA On November 21, Casey Denning and Natalia Cole filed a lawsuit on behalf of themselves and similarly situated cannabis workers alleging that harvesting company Loud Buddha LLC and Pura Cali Management Corp, a cultivation contractor hired by Loud Buddha, violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the California labor code. The Complaint claims that the employers forced them to work long hours in oppressive conditions without providing overtime pay, meal breaks, or accurate wage statements.
December 5, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ McDonald’s $26 million California Labor Class Action Settlement ]
Santa Clara, CA A California labor lawsuit accusing McDonald’s of underpaying thousands of workers has settled for $26 million. The wage theft class action claims that the fast-food giant used a timekeeping system that cheated workers out of overtime, barred workers from taking rest breaks during their shifts and forced workers to clean and iron their uniforms out of pocket.
November 26, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Unconscionable Arbitration Agreements; Less than Candid Lawyers ]
San Francisco, CA On October 30 a California state appellate court denied an effort by TWC Dealer Group to compel former employees to arbitrate violations of California labor law including race and age discrimination, wage violations and wrongful termination. The takeaway for workers forced to arbitrate is a lesson in what constitutes an unconscionable contract.
November 25, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Disney’s Overtime Deal ]
Santa Clara, CA Disneyland workers on November 4 got the green light to settle their California overtime class action lawsuit, but a federal judge needs “further convincing” before approving one-third of the $2 million settlement for attorney fees.
- California Assembly Bill 5 in for a Bumpy Ride with Truckers By Jane Mundy (Nov-20-19)
- Players Challenge NCAA Pay Caps By Anne Wallace (Nov-13-19)
- 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)
- Consumers Bring DoorDash Lawsuit over Stolen Tips By Anne Wallace (Nov-4-19)
- 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)
- Court Rejects $1.75 Million Hertz Wage Lawsuit Settlement for the Third Time By Anne Wallace (Oct-11-19)
- 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)
- Safeway’ $1.45 million deal Just One of Many PAGA California Labor Complaints By Jane Mundy (Sep-4-19)
- California Labor Lawsuit Targets Meal Break Violations By Anne Wallace (Aug-21-19)
- Former CNN Producer Gets Green Light to Proceed With Discrimination Claim By Jane Mundy (Aug-20-19)
- Google’s Age Discrimination Settlement--Again By Jane Mundy (Aug-9-19)
- 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)
- Uber Settles Driver Lawsuit for $20 Million By Anne Wallace (Apr-18-19)
- California Truckers Keep Trucking – by the Hour By Jane Mundy (Apr-17-19)
- Google Abandons Forced Arbitration of Employment Disputes By Anne Wallace (Mar-30-19)
- Ardent Settles Offshore Platform Workers’ Wage Claims for $2.3 Million By Anne Wallace (Mar-20-19)
- Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million By Anne Wallace (Mar-4-19)
- School Bus Drivers’ Wage Lawsuit Survives Crippling Challenge By Anne Wallace (Feb-22-19)
- The Labor Commissioner's Office Working California Overtime? By Jane Mundy (Feb-4-19)
- The New Year Rings in New Sexual Harassment Rules, Mainly Triggered by #MeTooMovement By Jane Mundy (Jan-4-19)
- Discrimination Laws Upheld with Teva Claim By Jane Mundy (Dec-6-18)
- California Harassment Laws and Mandatory Arbitration Agreements stem from #MeToo movement By Jane Mundy (Nov-14-18)
- Uber Misclassification Issue Now Facing Unfair Competition Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Nov-3-18)