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May 15, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Morgan Stanley Coughs Up Over $10 million For Failing to Cover Advisors Work- Related Expenses ]
Sacramento, CA: Morgan Stanley, known as one of the world's top investment banks, regularly stiffed its workers, according to a proposed class action lawsuit that was settled in California federal court last month to the tune of $10.2 million. The international financial firm was accused of forcing its financial advisers to pay expenses such as business travel, phone and internet services and licensing fees and more, which violate the California Labor Law
May 7, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Glasswerks L.A, Inc. to pay $1.3 Million to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit ]
Los Angeles, CA A Los Angeles commercial glass manufacturer has agreed to pay $1.3 million to resolve a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit brought on behalf of workers who claim they were shorted on overtime and meal and rest breaks between 2012 and 2018. Most of the more than 1,000 current and former employees affected will pocket about $800, although some will collect as much as $2,400.
May 6, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: Every time an employee at a Wal-Mart fulfillment center in Chino, California wanted to leave the building they were required to go through anti-theft metal detectors. This time-consuming process cut into 30-minute lunch breaks, unless of course you didn’t leave the building to eat lunch. And on April 12, 2019 a federal district court jury ruled that a violation of the California labor law, ordering Wal-Mart to shell out over $6 million.Read [ Wal-Mart Breaks for California Employees ]
April 18, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Uber Settles Driver Lawsuit for $20 Million ]
San Francisco, CA The settlement in O’Connor v. Uber, if approved, will end a 6-year class action California labor lawsuit over worker misclassification. The affected drivers will receive approximately 37 cents per mile driven for Uber. Significantly, however, Uber has not agreed to re-classify drivers as employees for benefit, minimum wage and overtime protections under California labor law. The settlement occurs as Uber moves toward an initial public offering that could value the company at $100 billion.
April 17, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Truckers Keep Trucking – by the Hour ]
Los Angeles, CA: The Supreme Court’s decision in March to reject the California Trucking Association’s appeal regarding workers illegally misclassified by companies as independent contractors is a victory for the California Labor Commissioner, truckers and teamsters. While the decision doesn’t set a standard for determining whether an independent driver is an employee, workers may be considered employees under the California prevailing wage law.
March 30, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Google Abandons Forced Arbitration of Employment Disputes ]
Mountain View, CA On March 21, 2019, Google employees were finally freed from contractual restrictions that forced them to arbitrate employment disputes. This follows widespread protests and challenges under California labor law stemming from the forced arbitration of sexual harassment claims.
March 20, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Ardent Settles Offshore Platform Workers’ Wage Claims for $2.3 Million ]
Santa Barbara, CA Ardent Companies, Inc., an ExxonMobil subcontractor, has agreed to pay $2,325,000 to settle a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that oil platform workers were not paid for on-call time after their daily shifts had ended. Settlement of the California labor lawsuit will net each of the proposed class members an average of $14,828.
March 4, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million ]
San Jose, CA Centerplate of Delaware Inc. , a multinational food and beverage company, has offered to pay $5.4 million to resolve stadium workers’ claims that the company failed to pay wages required under various provisions of California labor law. Raquedan v. Centerplate accuses the company of failing to provide meal breaks and sick days; as well as failing to pay for accrued vacation days, time spent waiting at security checkpoints and the cost of uniforms.
February 22, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ School Bus Drivers’ Wage Lawsuit Survives Crippling Challenge ]
San Francisco, CA In Humes v. First Student Inc., a group of California bus drivers claim that the company for which they worked, First Student, Inc. (formerly Laidlaw) failed to pay them for all the hours that they worked. In the latest legal turn, the Ninth Circuit has cleared the way for the drivers to pursue their lawsuit as a class action. That keeps the lawsuit alive. Among their California labor law claims is that they received inaccurate pay stubs. It seems a small point in a big fight. Especially because of recent case law developments, however, pay stub claims be an increasingly important part of California wage lawsuits.
February 4, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ The Labor Commissioner's Office Working California Overtime? ]
Oakland, CA: Last year the restaurant industry alone was cited in California labor law violations amounting to millions of dollars. And according to a 2017 report, California wage theft can cost workers about $2 billion per year. That amount may rise now that agricultural workers are entitled to farmworker overtime pay based on a schedule issued by the Labor Commissioner's Office that went into effect as of January 1, 2019.
- 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)
- Google Employee Tagged as “Too Old” May Yet Have the Last Word By Anne Wallace (Oct-23-18)
- Skirting around Donning and Doffing By Jane Mundy (Oct-4-18)
- California Donning and Doffing on the Clock? By Jane Mundy (Sep-26-18)
- 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)
- Retail giant Target Settles California Labor Lawsuits over Cashier Seating for $9 million. By Jane Mundy (Aug-16-18)
- 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)
- California Labor Commissioner’s Office fined general contractor and sub-contractor for wage theft violations By Jane Mundy (Jul-13-18)
- Supreme Court Restricts Class Action Availability for Wage Theft Violations By Anne Wallace (Jul-10-18)
- Cheesecake Factory Found Liable for $4.57 Million Wage Theft By Lori Prapas (Jul-3-18)
- California Labor Law Violation Fired at Fidelity Stands, Typo Goes By Jane Mundy (Jun-25-18)
- California State Labor Commissioner Slams Restaurants with Wage Theft Violations By Jane Mundy (Jun-13-18)
- After $7.9 Million Jury Verdict, Chipotle Settles California Labor Lawsuit To Avoid Punitive Damages By Lori Prapas (Jun-5-18)
- Wells Fargo to Pay $97M to Commissioned Brokers for Rest Breaks By Jane Mundy (May-21-18)
- New California Ruling Easy as 'ABC' to Determine Employee or Independent Contractor? By Jane Mundy (May-10-18)
- Class Action Status Critical to California Donning and Doffing Wage Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (May-8-18)
- Temp Worker Seeks Class Action Status for California Labor Lawsuit By Lori Prapas (May-3-18)
- Blue and White-Collar California Employees Wrongfully Terminated, National Labor Relations Board Assists By Jane Mundy (Apr-3-18)
- How Will Passage of Save America’s Pastime Act Impact California Lawsuit? By Gordon Gibb (Mar-27-18)
- California Labor Lawsuit Expected to Settle for $2 Million By Gordon Gibb (Mar-14-18)
- Google Hit with Another California Wrongful Termination Lawsuit By Gordon Gibb (Mar-5-18)
- Status as Employee v. Independent Contractor Impacts Wage and Hour Claims By Gordon Gibb (Feb-26-18)
- Worker Claims Employment Discrimination Based on her Asian Heritage By Anne Wallace (Feb-22-18)
- Plaintiff Settles with Bank of America Corp. NA at the Eleventh Hour By Gordon Gibb (Feb-16-18)
- Late for Lunch Spells California Labor Lawsuits and a Shifting Work Environment By Jane Mundy (Feb-6-18)
- Jungle Trux Drivers the Latest to Challenge Unpaid Meal and Rest Breaks By Lucy Campbell (Jan-16-18)
- Lots of Changes and Updates to California Labor Law with the New Year By Gordon Gibb (Jan-2-18)
- Uber Hit with Proposed Class Action in California By Gordon Gibb (Dec-7-17)
- Tesla Hit with Racial Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Nov-29-17)
- Pacific Western Bank Shorted Workers OT Pay Lawsuit Alleges By Brenda Craig (Nov-16-17)
- Employees of Luxury California Resort Launch California Labor Lawsuit By Gordon Gibb (Nov-13-17)
- Are Franchisors like McDonalds Accountable for Wage Theft? By Anne Wallace (Oct-24-17)