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Oman v. Delta Airlines is Done. Virgin America v. Bernstein Looms on the Horizon

Oman v. Delta Airlines is Done. Virgin America v. Bernstein Looms on the Horizon May 20, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC On January 10, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Delta Airline’s petition for certiorari, in which it sought review of the question of whether the Constitution’s Article I Commerce Clause and the federal Airline Deregulation Act (ADA) exempted airlines from California labor law’s wage and hour regulations. This left intact the Ninth Circuit’s decision that the airline violated California minimum wage, overtime, meal and break, timekeeping, and wage statement rules.
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Longshore Act and Truckers Workers’ Comp Coverage

Longshore Act and Truckers Workers’ Comp Coverage May 18, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Oakland, CA Whether or not trucking companies with operations on port property – such as the Port of Oakland and the Port of San Francisco – are subject to Longshore Act coverage is yet to be determined. 
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Minor League Players “Chasing a Dream” Under Harsh Living Conditions

Minor League Players “Chasing a Dream” Under Harsh Living Conditions May 11, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA If Major League Baseball and its teams have their way, minor leaguers will be prohibited from mentioning their purported poor living conditions at a California wage trial, arguing that the evidence is irrelevant and could unfairly sway jurors.

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Uber’s Petition to Arbitrate Driver’s Misclassification Complaint Denied

Uber’s Petition to Arbitrate Driver’s Misclassification Complaint Denied May 9, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA A state appeals court told Uber last month that it cannot force a former driver to arbitrate his misclassification lawsuit or even whether he is an employee and therefore entitled to bring a representative claim under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
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MLB Farm Team Players to Get Their Day in Court

MLB Farm Team Players to Get Their Day in Court May 6, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA  The class and collective wage claims of minor league baseball players in the long running Senne v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball will finally go to trial on June 1 in the Northern District of California. The only remaining questions for the California players, according to the plaintiffs’ trial plan, involve the determination of hours worked and the damages and penalties owed under California labor law.
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Activision Blizzard To Settle for $18 million in Discrimination Lawsuit

Activision Blizzard To Settle for $18 million in Discrimination Lawsuit April 30, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Monica, CA Activision Blizzard has agreed to pay $18 million to settle a workplace discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Workers employed by the video game giant after September 2016 and believe that they experienced harassment, discrimination or retaliation will be eligible to apply for a share of the settlement.
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Long Beach City College Allegedly Violated Minimum Wage Laws

Long Beach City College Allegedly Violated Minimum Wage Laws April 26, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Long Beach, CA A proposed California labor class action lawsuit filed by part-time instructors at Long Beach City College claims the district violated minimum wage laws by not paying them all hours worked. Part-time instructors are often paid for the hours they spend in front of students and are not compensated for out-of-classroom work such as preparing lectures, grading and communicating with students, unlike their full-time counterparts.
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Mark Zuckerberg and wife Granted Arbitration in Unpaid Wages and Discrimination Claims

Mark Zuckerberg and wife Granted Arbitration in Unpaid Wages and Discrimination Claims April 20, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA Contracts signed by the former security operations assistant and household operations manager of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan contained clear arbitration clauses, according to San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer. The decision involves lawsuits filed by two former household workers who allege sexual harassment, racial discrimination and a hostile work environment in their lawsuits filed last September.
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Retired Judge Discusses Workers’ Compensation Claims

Retired Judge Discusses Workers’ Compensation Claims April 19, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Woodland Hills, CA Did you know that hypertension can be aggravated or accelerated by a work injury such as a herniated disc, which could mean you are eligible for Worker’s Compensation? And do you know how important it is to be represented by a qualified attorney rather than a hearing representative? “My advice is to get a real lawyer who cares, who gets all your records and actually reads them,” says Craig Glass, a retired judge and currently a workers’ compensation attorney.
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Uber's $8 Million Calif. Driver Misclassification Deal Gets Green Light

Uber's $8 Million Calif. Driver Misclassification Deal Gets Green Light April 11, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA A California federal judge has approved a deal for Uber to pay $8.4 million to settle misclassification claims from more than 1,300 Golden State drivers that predates Proposition 22-- a new gig economy law enacted in 2020 that designated certain app-based drivers as independent contractors.
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