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Converse Inc. Settles $450K Wage-and-Hour Lawsuit Settlement

Converse Inc. Settles $450K Wage-and-Hour Lawsuit Settlement September 13, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA  Converse Inc. has reached a settlement for $450,000. The California wage-and-hour class action lawsuit brought by Andres Campos claiming the largest manufacturer of athletic footwear in the U.S. didn’t pay its workers at two of their California warehouse facilities for all of the hours that they worked.
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IBM to Settle Sales Reps Claims for $4.75M

IBM to Settle Sales Reps Claims for $4.75M September 6, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA IBM will pay $4.75 million to settle claims that it shortchanged about 1,500 sales representatives out of their rightful commissions, and that Big Blue had violated California Labor Code, according to a preliminary approval motion filed August 23rd in federal court. 
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Working from Home Expenses Covered—or not-- in California

Working from Home Expenses Covered—or not-- in California September 3, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA A number of California employers are facing class actions or actions under the Private Attorneys General Act filed by employees seeking reimbursement for expenses incurred while working from home during the pandemic. Even though the California Labor Code states what can and cannot be claimed, it has been written in a way that leaves room for interpretation by the courts.

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$30.5 Million Apple Settlement Approved

$30.5 Million Apple Settlement Approved September 1, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA An Apple Inc. class action lawsuit filed almost a decade ago has finally been approved. Back in 2013, the technology giant’s retail workers claimed they were shortchanged for time spent in mandatory security checks after their shifts, which is a violation of the California labor law. The $30.5 million settlement includes compensation for 15,000 employees.
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Uber Misclassification Suit Finally Settles for $8.4M

Uber Misclassification Suit Finally Settles for $8.4M August 29, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA A California judge last month gave his final approval in Uber’s misclassification lawsuit. About 1,322 drivers who alleged they were misclassified as contractors will share the $8.4 million settlement. The agreement resolves years of litigation in the class action, which claimed that Uber deliberately classified drivers as contractors to avoid providing certain wages and benefits required by California labor law.
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Riot Games Workers' $100M Gender Discrimination Settlement

Riot Games Workers' $100M Gender Discrimination Settlement August 25, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA A California judge has approved Riot Games' $100 million settlement following the California labor gender discrimination case brought before the League of Legends firm. About 1,000 women who worked for Riot are expected to receive payouts after putting up with a “men-first” environment for years.
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California College Educator Paid Below Minimum Wage

California College Educator Paid Below Minimum Wage August 22, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Cerritos, CA California’s community colleges rely heavily on part-time instructors, and they also rely on cheap labor. Charles, a part-time college educator, says he was paid below minimum wage because prep time and class room set-ups aren’t billable. And he doesn’t qualify for health benefits.
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MLB To Pay $185 million “Starvation Deal”

MLB To Pay $185 million “Starvation Deal” August 11, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA Minor league ballplayers asked a California federal judge last month to approve a $185 million settlement they reached with Major League Baseball over alleged "starvation" wages in a case that languished through the courts for eight years. The California labor minimum wage and overtime lawsuit was settled a month before it was slated for trial.
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DOJ says No-Poach Agreements Illegal

DOJ says No-Poach Agreements Illegal August 9, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA Weighing in on a California labor lawsuit filed by truckers against trucking companies, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said that competing employers’ no-poach agreements are inherently illegal.
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Supreme Court Deals Blow to California PAGA Claims

Supreme Court Deals Blow to California PAGA Claims July 31, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC On June 15, in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The decision reverses standing precedent under California labor law, which had permitted class action labor lawsuits against employers even when workers had agreed to resolve employment disputes through individual arbitration.
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