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Volkswagen Salespeople Claim Lost Income due to VW’s Deceptive Practices

Volkswagen Salespeople Claim Lost Income due to VW’s Deceptive Practices October 27, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA  A dispute over whether Volkswagen is a joint employer stems from a California labor lawsuit that has dragged on since 2016. VW sales representatives in California claim the German automaker is liable for wage and hour violations and the commissions they lost over the emissions-cheating scandal that blew up in 2015.
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Google Worker Secrecy Agreements to face California Labor Lawsuit

Google Worker Secrecy Agreements to face California Labor Lawsuit October 19, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA On September 21 the California Court of Appeals ruled that Google and Adecco USA, Inc., a staffing company, must face allegations that the confidentiality agreements required of all Google employees violate the California Labor Code. Among other remedies, Doe v. Google seeks penalties under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), in which as many as 65,000 Google employees might share. The sum of money could be massive, even for the tech giant.
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California Farmworkers Compensated for Unpaid Rest Breaks

California Farmworkers Compensated for Unpaid Rest Breaks October 8, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
San Joaquin, CA A group of farmworkers have finally been compensated after a California appeals court rejected their unpaid rest breaks--twice. The farm laborers first filed their California labor lawsuit in 2009 against their employer; the case went to court in 2014 and plaintiffs appealed in 2016.
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It’s “Your Money or Your Life” for Senior Workers

It’s “Your Money or Your Life” for Senior Workers October 2, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Sacramento, CA  A nationwide flood of Covid-19-driven age discrimination lawsuits suggests that similar surge in California labor lawsuits is imminent. A New York case may be a harbinger of things to come. In Kanyuk v. Shearman & Sterling, LLP, a 62-year-old employee was the first to be fired in a wave of Covid-19-related layoffs. The employer claimed that the layoff was necessary for economic reasons. The worker cried age discrimination.
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California Refinery Workers Clinch $4.4 Settlement in Rest Break Lawsuit

California Refinery Workers Clinch $4.4 Settlement in Rest Break Lawsuit September 24, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA On August 24, the District Court for the Central District of California gave final approval to a settlement under which ExxonMobil, PBF Energy Limited and Torrance Refining Company, LLC will pay a total of nearly $4.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit in which refinery workers claim that they were denied the paid rest breaks required under California labor law.
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Farmers Insurance Overtime Pay Settlement – Over and Over Again

Farmers Insurance Overtime Pay Settlement – Over and Over Again September 23, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA Farmers Insurance has agreed to settle a California wage and hour lawsuit brought by Famers special investigators alleging failure to pay overtime, including meal breaks and rest periods. The settlement includes anyone who worked in California for Farmers as a special investigator between 2013 and 2018. And this is not the first time Famers has settled an overtime claim.
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Are Employers’ Facebook Recruiting Practices Exempt from Age Discrimination Laws?

Are Employers’ Facebook Recruiting Practices Exempt from Age Discrimination Laws? September 16, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA Bradley et al v. T-Mobile US Inc. et al., a long-running lawsuit first filed in 2017, alleges that T-Mobile’s Facebook recruitment practices violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The nationwide, class action lawsuit also alleges violations of the California labor code and other state laws.
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Two Circuit Courts to Decide whether Drivers-for-Hire Can Get their Day in Court

Two Circuit Courts to Decide whether Drivers-for-Hire Can Get their Day in Court September 13, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA  Two federal appeals courts have or will consider whether Lyft and GrubHub drivers are engaged in interstate commerce , and so exempt from the requirements of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The California labor lawsuit. Rogers v. Lyft, Inc., began as a dispute about the drivers’ lack of paid sick leave. The drivers’ appeal from a decision of the Northern District of California will be heard by the Ninth Circuit. On August 19 the Ninth Circuit held that Amazon last-mile delivery drivers were engaged in interstate commerce even when they never crossed state lines.
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Amazon Last Mile Delivery Workers Get Right to Sue under California Labor Law

Amazon Last Mile Delivery Workers Get Right to Sue under California Labor Law September 8, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA California “last mile” delivery drivers, who are often hired as independent contractors, may have the right to file lawsuits for overtime, minimum wage and other California labor law violations. In a recent Ninth Circuit decision, Rittman v. Amazon, the court held that an Amazon Flex driver was not bound by the terms of an arbitration agreement he had signed. Even though his tasks never led him across state lines, he was exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act’s (FAA) enforcement provisions as a transportation worker engaged in interstate commerce.
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Retaliation Lawsuit Against Elon Musk’s Rocket Company Following Sexual harassment Complaints

Retaliation Lawsuit Against Elon Musk’s Rocket Company Following Sexual harassment Complaints September 6, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA Over the course of three summers, former SpaceX intern Julia Crowley-Farenga claims that she was sexually harassed. In her California labor lawsuit, the (now) NASA engineer claims she was retaliated against for filing a sexual harassment complaint to human resources of Elon Musk’s rocket company.
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