LAWSUITS NEWS & LEGAL INFORMATION
California Labor Law Legal News Articles & Interviews
October 18, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Delta Airlines asks Supreme Court to review California Wage Protections for Airline Workers ]
Washington, DC On September 9, Delta Airlines, Inc. asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review decisions by the Ninth Circuit and preceding lower courts in Oman v. Delta Airlines, Inc. The Oman decisions recognize the generous protections of the California Labor Code for airline employees based in California.
October 12, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Former Nursing School Employees fired for Retaliation or Competition? ]
Los Angeles, CA Two former nursing school professors whose California wrongful dismissal lawsuit claims they were fired in retaliation for helping students alleging sexual harassment asked for $55 million and settled for $1.4 million. Pastor Gregory Johnson (accused of sexually inappropriate behavior) and the American University of Health Sciences denied the allegations and claimed the profs were fired after failing to cooperate with the nursing school’s investigation into their plans to start a competing school.
October 10, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ A Loss and a Win (Sort of) for GrubHub Drivers ]
San Francisco, CA On September 20, the Ninth Circuit partially dismissed, partially upheld and remanded back to the District Court a GrubHub driver’s claim that he was owed back wages and other remedies under the California Labor Code and related wage orders. Raef Lawson v. Grubhub is a complicated decision, but there is some positive news for gig workers who allege that they were misclassified as independent contractors.
October 5, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Will Pot Company Cresco Lawsuit Go Up in Smoke? ]
Santa Clara, CA Cresco Labs, the cannabis and medical marijuana company, has been slammed with a lawsuit filed under California's Private Attorneys General Act, alleging it didn’t pay workers for time spent “donning and doffing” – putting on and taking off—personal protective equipment required by the multi-state pot company. Every minute counts with the California Labor Code, but can workers be protected from a federally illegal business?
October 4, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ $95.7 Wells Fargo Settlement Offer in Question as Objector Raises New Issues ]
San Jose, CA On September 23, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard objections to a $95.7 million offer made by Wells Fargo to settle consolidated class action lawsuits brought by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultants (HMCs). The lawsuits allege that the bank violated California state labor laws by failing to either provide or pay for rest breaks for its HMCs.
September 30, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Proposition 22 Ruled Unconstitutional by California Judge ]
Alameda County, CA Sections of Proposition 22—which went into effect last November-- are in violation of California’s constitution and therefore unenforceable, ruled an Alameda County Superior Court Judge. The ruling has gig economy investors worried and California labor advocates jubilant.
September 17, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ “Quit or Die, N----r,” Read the Note ]
Fresno, CA Three former employees of Kraft Heinz Foods Co. at the Tulare, California plant have filed a lawsuit citing violations of federal and California employee labor laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the Ralph Civil Rights Act, and the Tom Bane Civil Rights Act.
September 10, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Assembly Bill 701 To Hold Amazon Accountable for Safe Workplace ]
Santa Clara, CA Assembly Bill 701 is expected to reach California lawmakers any day now. Bill 701 will curtail Amazon’s algorithm-led and unfavorable warehouse work conditions by requiring warehouses to disclose quotas and work speed metrics to employees and government agencies. The bill will also put an end to “time off task” penalties that affect health and safety, including bathroom use, and prohibit retaliation against workers who complain.
September 8, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ NLRB Hears Complaints of Workers Fired, Disciplined for Protesting Google’s Anti-Immigrant Work ]
San Francisco, CA In Google LLC and Alphabet Inc, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) charged Google and its parent company, Alphabet, Inc. with violating Sections 7 and 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). That federal law guarantees the rights of workers to unionize, join together to advance their interests as employees, and to refrain from such activity – rights in addition to those covered by California labor law.
September 3, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ McDonald’s Employees “Treated Like Dogs” Reach Settlement ]
Oakland, CA Workers at Oaklands McDonald’s who claimed they had to wear dog diapers and coffee filters instead of face masks settled a California safety lawsuit August 12.
- California Grocery Stores Fined for Failure to Pay COVID-19 Sick Leave By Jane Mundy (Sep-2-21)
- CVS to Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $10.4 Million By Anne Wallace (Aug-31-21)
- Drivers’ PAGA Claims Survive Postmates’ Arbitration Challenge By Anne Wallace (Aug-13-21)
- Uber and Lyft Drivers Strike, California Misclassification Lawsuit Drags On By Jane Mundy (Aug-10-21)
- Minor League Baseball Players Sue for Unpaid California Wages By Anne Wallace (Aug-9-21)
- SkyWest Flight Attendants File Rest and Meal Break California Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Aug-2-21)
- ABM Industries to Settle Janitors’ Wage Lawsuits for $140 Million By Anne Wallace (Jul-30-21)
- Uber’s Ratings System Racist? By Jane Mundy (Jul-22-21)
- Magistrate Recommends Certification of Some Classes in Amazon Wage Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jul-15-21)
- City National Bank Sued for Whistleblower Retaliation in California Court By Jane Mundy (Jul-13-21)
- Entry-Level Manager Sues Amazon for Misclassification By Anne Wallace (Jul-6-21)
- Ninth Circuit Reverses $102 Million Wage Penalty against Walmart By Anne Wallace (Jun-24-21)
- Nike to Settle Bag Check Lawsuit for $8.25 Million By Anne Wallace (Jun-16-21)
- California Supreme Court to Rule on Rest and Meal Premium Payments By Anne Wallace (Jun-8-21)
- In-N-Out Burger Accused of California Labor Violations By Jane Mundy (Jun-7-21)
- Bank of America Settles California Labor Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (May-28-21)
- One Fair Wage Slams Darden Restaurants’ Wage Practices By Anne Wallace (May-24-21)
- Production Worker Sues Sporting Goods Retailer for Overtime, COVID-19 Testing By Anne Wallace (Apr-26-21)
- Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million By Anne Wallace (Apr-15-21)
- 7-Eleven Franchisees Glorified Managers or Business Owners? By Jane Mundy (Apr-8-21)
- Claims of Rampant Gender Wage Discrimination at Disney By Anne Wallace (Mar-23-21)
- Ninth Circuit Upholds Flight Attendants’ Claims for Overtime, Rest and Meal Breaks By Anne Wallace (Mar-17-21)
- Employer Must Pay Attorney for Secret Settlement By Jane Mundy (Mar-7-21)
- San Diego to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Firefighters’ Overtime Claims By Anne Wallace (Feb-26-21)
- Amazon to Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Tip Theft By Anne Wallace (Feb-23-21)
- California Supreme Court Says Proposition 22 is a Done Deal By Jane Mundy (Feb-11-21)
- California “New” Hero Pay for Grocery Workers Backfires By Jane Mundy (Feb-10-21)
- California Poultry Processor Slapped with TRO By Anne Wallace (Jan-26-21)
- California Coronavirus Litigation—Amazon Evades Attorney General: A TimeLine By Jane Mundy (Jan-21-21)
- Walgreens Wages and Waste Settlements By Jane Mundy (Jan-19-21)
- Pot Shop Employees High-Five Union for Back Pay By Jane Mundy (Jan-14-21)
- Olson v. Becerra Challenges AB 5 Constitutionality Again By Anne Wallace (Jan-13-21)
- Some California Drivers May Lose Their Right to Pursue Wage Lawsuits against Uber By Anne Wallace (Jan-10-21)
- California Nursing Home Overtime Settlement By Jane Mundy (Jan-5-21)
- Oracle in the Hot Seat over Gender Pay Discrimination (Again) By Anne Wallace (Jan-4-21)
- Nurse Recruiters Fight for Meal Break Pay By Anne Wallace (Dec-28-20)
- Can California Cashiers Sit on the Job? By Jane Mundy (Dec-17-20)
- Rothenberg Ventures Management Employees Sue for Back Wages By Anne Wallace (Dec-11-20)
- Ride-Hailing Companies exempt from classifying drivers as employees, but not exempt from California labor lawsuits By Jane Mundy (Dec-9-20)
- Walmart Howls at California Labor Law Fines By Anne Wallace (Dec-3-20)