LAWSUITS NEWS & LEGAL INFORMATION
California Labor Law Legal News Articles & Interviews
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.
January 4, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ The New Year Rings in New Sexual Harassment Rules, Mainly Triggered by #MeTooMovement ]
Sacramento, CA:The #MeTooMovement has resulted in a number of new laws with the goal to make it easier for employees to report sexual harassment and for employers to have a voice in investigations concerning this and other California labor law violations. Most of these laws took effect January 1, and employers would be wise to become familiar with them.
December 6, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Discrimination Laws Upheld with Teva Claim ]
Santa Clara, CA: Pharmaceutical giant Teva was ordered by an eight-person jury last month to pay $6.3 million to a former manager who filed a discrimination employment lawsuit against the Israeli company.
November 14, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Harassment Laws and Mandatory Arbitration Agreements stem from #MeToo movement ]
Sacramento, CA: On the heels of the #MeToo movement, California is providing more protection for sexual harassment victims by amending the California labor law, specifically Civil Code Section 47. The goal of the new bill is to encourage more victims of sexual harassment to come forward. And more corporations are eliminating mandatory arbitration agreements for harassment claims: potentially more victims will have their day in court.
November 3, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Uber Misclassification Issue Now Facing Unfair Competition Lawsuit ]
Sacramento, CA: Diva Limousine has sued Uber over California labor law violations, alleging state unfair competition. Their lawyers--who filed a motion for partial summary judgement early October—are counting on a California Supreme Court decision making it more difficult for employers to misclassify drivers as independent contractors rather than hourly employees.
October 23, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Google Employee Tagged as “Too Old” May Yet Have the Last Word ]
San Jose, CA Cheryl Fillekes’s age discrimination lawsuit against Google alleges violations of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and corresponding provisions of California labor law, the Fair Housing and Employment Discrimination Act (FEHA). Having cleared the hurdle of class action certification, it now appears poised to settle.
October 4, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Skirting around Donning and Doffing ]
Santa Clara, CA: California wage and hour laws get complicated, particularly donning and doffing issues in the manufacturing industry. While federal and state laws agree that employers are required to compensate employees for all “work” performed, they often differ on whether donning and doffing is considered work.
September 26, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Donning and Doffing on the Clock? ]
Sacramento, CA: Workers in California, from farm harvesters to computer technicians, can’t come to terms with the California labor law regarding donning and doffing—putting on and taking off employer-mandated uniforms, clothing and safety gear, even though a number of donning and doffing lawsuits have settled in favor of the employee.
September 18, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Exotic Dancers Bring California Labor Lawsuit to Recover Back Wages ]
Santa Ana, CA By a July 18, 2018 Order, the Superior Court of Orange County ruled that the new Dynamex “ABC” test for determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors should be applied retroactively. The decision in Dynamex v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County was already expected to have far reaching consequences. The ruling in Johnson v. VCG-IS LLC suggests that employer liability for violations of the California Labor Code arising from the new understanding of legal standards may reach years back in time.
September 7, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Court Saves Class Action Wage Claims from Forced Arbitration ]
San Francisco, CA On August 14, 2018, the California Court of Appeals preserved a worker’s right to bring a class action wage lawsuit against Robert Half International (RHI). RHI tried to force Jessica Gentry to arbitrate, alone, her claim that she was cheated out of pay for the time she spent prepping for assignments. The California Labor Code requires that workers be paid for paid for time worked, regardless of how brief. Few, however, can afford the cost of arbitration when the personal financial stake is small. Had RHI been successful, the legal maneuver that would have ended her California labor lawsuit and deprived others of their only effective legal remedy. What happened was very different.
- 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)
- California Workers Get Protection from Employer Retaliation By Brenda Craig (Oct-11-17)
- California Class Action Labor Lawsuit Filed Against Marriott Subsidiary By Gordon Gibb (Oct-1-17)
- Safeway Inc. Faces Series of California Labor Code Trials By Brenda Craig (Sep-29-17)
- Facebook Slapped with Disability and Age Discrimination Lawsuit with Whistleblower Allegation By Brenda Craig (Sep-27-17)
- Google Accused of Violating California Equal Pay Act By Jane Mundy (Sep-22-17)
- On-Call Driver Sues Starbucks for Wage Theft By Anne Wallace (Sep-6-17)
- Bag Search Plaintiffs Get Another Bite at Apple By Anne Wallace (Aug-30-17)
- Lawsuit Alleges Resort Chain Can’t Ask Potential Employees to Wave Liability on Background Checks By Brenda Craig (Aug-26-17)
- How Often Must California Workers Get a Day Off? By Anne Wallace (Aug-17-17)