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Delta Airlines asks Supreme Court to review California Wage Protections for Airline Workers

Delta Airlines asks Supreme Court to review California Wage Protections for Airline Workers October 18, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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Former Nursing School Employees fired for Retaliation or Competition?

Former Nursing School Employees fired for Retaliation or Competition? October 12, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
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.
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A Loss and a Win (Sort of) for GrubHub Drivers

A Loss and a Win (Sort of) for GrubHub Drivers October 10, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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Will Pot Company Cresco Lawsuit Go Up in Smoke?

Will Pot Company Cresco Lawsuit Go Up in Smoke? October 5, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
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?
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$95.7 Wells Fargo Settlement Offer in Question as Objector Raises New Issues

$95.7 Wells Fargo Settlement Offer in Question as Objector Raises New Issues October 4, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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Proposition 22 Ruled Unconstitutional by California Judge

Proposition 22 Ruled Unconstitutional by California Judge September 30, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
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.
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“Quit or Die, N----r,” Read the Note

“Quit or Die, N----r,” Read the Note September 17, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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California Assembly Bill 701 To Hold Amazon Accountable for Safe Workplace

Assembly Bill 701 To Hold Amazon Accountable for Safe Workplace September 10, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
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.
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NLRB Hears Complaints of Workers Fired, Disciplined for Protesting Google’s Anti-Immigrant Work

NLRB Hears Complaints of Workers Fired, Disciplined for Protesting Google’s Anti-Immigrant Work September 8, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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McDonald’s Employees “Treated Like Dogs” Reach Settlement

McDonald’s Employees “Treated Like Dogs” Reach Settlement September 3, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
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.

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