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Morgan Stanley Coughs Up Over $10 million For Failing to Cover Advisors Work- Related Expenses

Morgan Stanley Coughs Up Over $10 million For Failing to Cover Advisors Work- Related Expenses May 15, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
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
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Glasswerks L.A, Inc. to pay $1.3 Million to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit

Glasswerks L.A, Inc. to pay $1.3 Million to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit May 7, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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Wal-Mart Breaks for California Employees

Wal-Mart Breaks for California Employees 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.
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Uber Settles Driver Lawsuit for $20 Million

Uber Settles Driver Lawsuit for $20 Million April 18, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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California Truckers Keep Trucking – by the Hour

California Truckers Keep Trucking – by the Hour April 17, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
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.
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Google Abandons Forced Arbitration of Employment Disputes

Google Abandons Forced Arbitration of Employment Disputes March 30, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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Ardent Settles Offshore Platform Workers’ Wage Claims for $2.3 Million

Ardent Settles Offshore Platform Workers’ Wage Claims for $2.3 Million March 20, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million

Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million March 4, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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School Bus Drivers’ Wage Lawsuit Survives Crippling Challenge

School Bus Drivers’ Wage Lawsuit Survives Crippling Challenge February 22, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
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.
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The Labor Commissioner's Office Working California Overtime?

The Labor Commissioner's Office Working California Overtime? February 4, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
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.
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