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Farmers Insurance Cleared of Age Discrimination
May 30, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
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Los Angeles, CA After an eight-week trial and two days of deliberations, Farmers Group Inc. has been cleared of discrimination and wrongful termination charges. Former California-based insurance agents claimed they were discriminated against for their age and fired to be replaced by younger, ostensibly more productive workers. However, jurors determined that, because the four plaintiffs were independent contractors, Farmers Group did not violate California employment law.
San Francisco Superior Court: Pay Banquet Servers $9 Million
May 18, 2023. By Anne Wallace.
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San Francisco, CAIn John Ordono et al. v Marriott International Inc., San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman has tentatively found that banquet servers were entitled to $8.97 million because reasonable customers might have concluded that mandatory service charges were intended as gratuities. Under California Labor Code 351, gratuities or tips belong to employees, and employers may not take them or deduct any amount from a worker's wages.
Five Guys and California Plaintiff’s Fifth Agreement Nearing Settlement
May 12, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
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Santa Clara, CA A class action lawsuit alleging the Five Guys violated California labor laws by denying its workers breaks and overtime pay has reached a fifth proposed settlement. The $1.2 million deal involves 2,206 non-exempt workers at the gourmet burger chain.
Another WARN complaint Hurled at Twitter
May 9, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
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San Francisco, CA A former Twitter employee has filed a California labor complaint accusing the social media platform of violating the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, the California WARN Act and the California labor code by failing to give workers requisite notice of companywide layoffs.
Ninth Circuit Overturns California’s “No Forced Arbitration Law”
April 30, 2023. By Anne Wallace.
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Sacramento, CA In February, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts California Assembly Bill 51 (AB51). These sections of California labor law were designed to protect employees from having to choose between a job and the legal right to have disputes resolved in court. The law has been a target of employer groups since it was enacted in 2019.
Community Hospice Slammed with California Wage and Hour Class Action
April 28, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
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Santa Clara, CA Current and former employees of California-based Community Hospice Inc. have filed a class action lawsuit asking nearly $5 million in alleged unpaid wages during the COVID pandemic. The complaint also alleges meal and rest periods were not provided. Plaintiffs allege that they were required to work even when they were clocked out for meal times and were denied rest periods for some shifts. And there are more complaints, including racial discrimination.
Grubhub Owes Misclassified Former Driver $65 – with Implications
April 17, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
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San Francisco, CA A Grubhub delivery driver, who accused the food delivery company in 2015 of withholding minimum wage and overtime pay from drivers and that drivers are owed reimbursements for costs accrued through deliveries has been awarded $65.11 – yes, and eleven cents—for California minimal wage violation. The judge ruled that the gig driver was a Grubhub employee and not an independent contractor. That $65.11 award, however, could have implications for the gig economy.
West Marine Products to Settle California Labor Law Violations
April 12, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
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Santa Clara, CA West Marine Products has likely learned that it doesn’t pay to stiff your employees for overtime pay and meal breaks. After it was hit with to California labor lawsuits, the boating supply products company went after its insurer to cover the lawsuits.
Investigating the California Wage Theft Investigators
March 30, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
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Sacramento, CA Last year nearly 19,000 workers filed claims with the state of California for at least $338 million in lost or stolen wages alleging wage theft by their employers. But the Golden State consistently breaks its own law by not meeting deadlines for resolving cases. The Labor Commissioner’s office has provided data that shows many California lost wages claims take three times longer than the legal minimum of 135 days to resolve.
Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s Slammed with California labor lawsuit
March 22, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
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Santa Clara, CA Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s are accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and several California labor codes, including minimum wage and overtime pay, and the state's unlawful business practices statute. This latest wage and hour complaint is at the least the third wage and hour class action lawsuit brought against Macy’s since 2011.
- Virgin, Alaska Air Workers to Receive Almost $31M in California Wages Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Mar-9-23)
- Lowe’s Class Action Alleges California Wage and Hour Violations By Jane Mundy (Mar-7-23)
- California Labor Contractor to Pay Farmworkers Damages and Penalties By Jane Mundy (Mar-6-23)
- United Airlines California Wage Statement Settlement By Jane Mundy (Feb-21-23)
- California Wage Theft Rampant By Jane Mundy (Feb-16-23)
- California Ranch Operator Says Judge is Biased in Second Wage Theft Class Action By Jane Mundy (Feb-9-23)
- Health IQ Slammed with Proposed California Labor Law Class Actions By Jane Mundy (Jan-26-23)
- Can PAGA Claims Survive U.S. Supreme Court’s Pro-Arbitration Decisions? By Anne Wallace (Jan-24-23)
- Walmart Wage Statement Lawsuit and $35M Settlement By Jane Mundy (Jan-10-23)
- California FedEx Driver’s Misclassification Lawsuit Settles By Jane Mundy (Jan-6-23)
- Mortgage Loan Officers Entitled to Rest Periods By Jane Mundy (Jan-3-23)
- Car Wash Employers Don’t Come Clean By Jane Mundy (Dec-15-22)
- YouTube’s $4.3M to Settle Moderator Trauma Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Dec-8-22)
- California Labor Lawsuit Alleges SpaceX Employees Unlawfully Fired By Jane Mundy (Dec-7-22)
- Twitter Layoffs Trigger Labor Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (Nov-30-22)
- Time Spent “Booting Up” Computers may be Compensable By Anne Wallace (Nov-29-22)
- Wells Fargo Settlement Raises Legal Fees Queries By Jane Mundy (Nov-25-22)
- Instacart Settles California Misclassification Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Oct-24-22)
- New California Law Requires Pay Transparency By Jane Mundy (Oct-19-22)
- Assisted Living Operator to Settle Wage and Hour Lawsuit for $9.5 Million By Anne Wallace (Oct-18-22)
- Hewlett Packard Settles Gender Discrimination Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Oct-17-22)
- Are Starbucks' New Benefits Legal? By Jane Mundy (Oct-12-22)
- Citrus Workers Unpaid Wages Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Oct-10-22)
- Converse Inc. Settles $450K Wage-and-Hour Lawsuit Settlement By Jane Mundy (Sep-13-22)
- IBM to Settle Sales Reps Claims for $4.75M By Jane Mundy (Sep-6-22)
- Working from Home Expenses Covered—or not-- in California By Jane Mundy (Sep-3-22)
- $30.5 Million Apple Settlement Approved By Jane Mundy (Sep-1-22)
- Uber Misclassification Suit Finally Settles for $8.4M By Jane Mundy (Aug-29-22)
- Riot Games Workers' $100M Gender Discrimination Settlement By Jane Mundy (Aug-25-22)
- California College Educator Paid Below Minimum Wage By Jane Mundy (Aug-22-22)
- MLB To Pay $185 million “Starvation Deal” By Jane Mundy (Aug-11-22)
- DOJ says No-Poach Agreements Illegal By Jane Mundy (Aug-9-22)
- Supreme Court Deals Blow to California PAGA Claims By Anne Wallace (Jul-31-22)
- Nurse Files Same California Labor Class Action – Twice By Jane Mundy (Jul-31-22)
- Supreme Court Declines to Hear Airlines Meal & Rest Break Appeal By Jane Mundy (Jul-26-22)
- California Rest Break Law – Then and Now By Jane Mundy (Jul-19-22)
- Google Resolves Gender Discrimination Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Jul-12-22)
- Former Tesla Employee Rejects $15 million Settlement By Jane Mundy (Jul-8-22)
- Amazon Faces Class Action for Not Covering COVID Work-From-Home Expenses By Jane Mundy (Jun-30-22)
- California Attorney General Supports Washington State’s Ruling that GEO owes Detainees Minimum Wages By Jane Mundy (Jun-28-22)