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April 8, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ 7-Eleven Franchisees Glorified Managers or Business Owners? ]
Los Angeles, CA Who is minding the store? 7-Eleven franchisees say they aren’t; they claim that Seven-Eleven, Inc. is in complete control and treats them like “glorified managers” rather than business owners. The franchise owners say they have been misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. At the heart of this matter is the AB5 law.
March 23, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Claims of Rampant Gender Wage Discrimination at Disney ]
Los Angeles, CA A two-year old California labor lawsuit just took a new turn. Plaintiffs in Rasmussen v. Disney have been permitted to amend their complaint to add allegations that Disney “maintains a strict policy of pay secrecy” in violation of California labor law. If proved at trial, the allegation could establish a link between prohibited conduct and widespread pay discrepancies between men and women who perform similar jobs at Disney – giving lie to the claim that the pattern can be explained by differences in performance. Pay secrecy is thought to hurt female workers because it deprives them of the information they need to demand equal pay.
March 17, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Ninth Circuit Upholds Flight Attendants’ Claims for Overtime, Rest and Meal Breaks ]
San Francisco, CA On February 23, the Ninth Circuit largely upheld a District Court grant of summary judgment to flight attendants in their class action lawsuit against Virgin America. Bernstein v. Virgin America Inc. alleged that the airline had failed to pay minimum wage and overtime and permit meal and rest breaks, as required by California labor law. The Ninth Circuit did, however, reduce certain penalties assessed against Virgin America.
March 7, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Employer Must Pay Attorney for Secret Settlement ]
Los Angeles, CA Former motel employee William Hang filed a wage and hour lawsuit against his employer, but when Hang’s attorney sought the employer’s payment and obtained a default judgment of $255,000, he discovered that the employer had coerced Hang into a substantially less settlement: $20,000 cash.
February 26, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ San Diego to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Firefighters’ Overtime Claims ]
San Diego, CA On February 8, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California approved a proposed settlement of Kelley v. City of San Diego. The settlement ends a class action California labor lawsuit brought by San Diego firefighters who claim that their overtime payments were miscalculated under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Under the terms of the settlement, San Diego will pay $1.575 million in back overtime and $1.575 million in liquidated damages as well as attorneys' fees and costs.
February 23, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Amazon to Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Tip Theft ]
Washington, DC On February 2, the FTC announced that Amazon will pay $6.17 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company pocketed tips promised to Amazon Flex drivers. The company allegedly changed its driver compensation structure in 2016 without informing drivers. Pending California labor lawsuits against Amazon, those, like lawsuits in Massachusetts and other states can be expected to continue. Although the settlement has no precedential value for these lawsuits, it builds a larger picture of worker mistreatment and widespread disregard for the requirements of wage and hour and consumer protection laws.
February 11, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Supreme Court Says Proposition 22 is a Done Deal ]
San Francisco, CA A lawsuit filed by rideshare drivers and the Service Employees International Union seeking to overturn Prop 22, which exempts gig workers from key California labor law AB5, will not be heard by the Supreme Court. But it’s not over yet: the court suggested that plaintiffs could still file their case in a lower court.
February 10, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California “New” Hero Pay for Grocery Workers Backfires ]
Los Angeles, CA Another Hero Pay wage hike, this time local government-mandated pay, requires that grocery companies with over 300 employees increase California hourly wages an extra $4 per hour. The salary boost is meant to compensate grocery store workers for the dangers they face during the coronavirus pandemic. However, it seems to have backfired: Some grocery stores have closed, leaving hundreds of frontline grocery workers with zero wages.
January 26, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Poultry Processor Slapped with TRO ]
Merced County, CA On December 23, the Superior Court of California, Merced County ordered Foster Poultry Farms, a chicken processing plant, to comply with federal and California workplace safety protocols at its Livingston facility. The California labor lawsuit, brought by the United Farm Workers and two workers at the plant, details a persistent pattern of reckless disregard for worker safety that had continued even after Merced County shut the plant down as a “public nuisance,” the infection rate in the county spiked and workers died.
January 21, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Coronavirus Litigation—Amazon Evades Attorney General: A TimeLine ]
Sacramento, CA California's Attorney General slapped a lawsuit on Amazon, alleging the company refused to provide information about its coronavirus safety protocols and potential outbreaks, adding to the wave of coronavirus litigation nationwide and violating the California labor code.
- Walgreens Wages and Waste Settlements By Jane Mundy (Jan-19-21)
- Pot Shop Employees High-Five Union for Back Pay By Jane Mundy (Jan-14-21)
- Olson v. Becerra Challenges AB 5 Constitutionality Again By Anne Wallace (Jan-13-21)
- Some California Drivers May Lose Their Right to Pursue Wage Lawsuits against Uber By Anne Wallace (Jan-10-21)
- California Nursing Home Overtime Settlement By Jane Mundy (Jan-5-21)
- Oracle in the Hot Seat over Gender Pay Discrimination (Again) By Anne Wallace (Jan-4-21)
- Nurse Recruiters Fight for Meal Break Pay By Anne Wallace (Dec-28-20)
- Can California Cashiers Sit on the Job? By Jane Mundy (Dec-17-20)
- Rothenberg Ventures Management Employees Sue for Back Wages By Anne Wallace (Dec-11-20)
- Ride-Hailing Companies exempt from classifying drivers as employees, but not exempt from California labor lawsuits By Jane Mundy (Dec-9-20)
- Walmart Howls at California Labor Law Fines By Anne Wallace (Dec-3-20)
- California Court Approves Taylor Farms Wage and Hour Settlement By Anne Wallace (Nov-25-20)
- California Office Manager Need Not Arbitrate PAGA Claim By Anne Wallace (Nov-24-20)
- Is Dynamex Ruling Retroactive? By Jane Mundy (Nov-18-20)
- California Voters Weighed In: Gig Workers are Independent Contractors By Jane Mundy (Nov-12-20)
- Hewlett Packard Settles Gender Discrimination Wage Complaint By Anne Wallace (Nov-4-20)
- California Court Okays Chipotle Wage Lawsuit Deal By Anne Wallace (Oct-29-20)
- Volkswagen Salespeople Claim Lost Income due to VW’s Deceptive Practices By Jane Mundy (Oct-27-20)
- Google Worker Secrecy Agreements to face California Labor Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Oct-19-20)
- California Farmworkers Compensated for Unpaid Rest Breaks By Jane Mundy (Oct-8-20)
- It’s “Your Money or Your Life” for Senior Workers By Anne Wallace (Oct-2-20)
- California Refinery Workers Clinch $4.4 Settlement in Rest Break Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Sep-24-20)
- Farmers Insurance Overtime Pay Settlement – Over and Over Again By Jane Mundy (Sep-23-20)
- Are Employers’ Facebook Recruiting Practices Exempt from Age Discrimination Laws? By Anne Wallace (Sep-16-20)
- Two Circuit Courts to Decide whether Drivers-for-Hire Can Get their Day in Court By Anne Wallace (Sep-13-20)
- Amazon Last Mile Delivery Workers Get Right to Sue under California Labor Law By Anne Wallace (Sep-8-20)
- Retaliation Lawsuit Against Elon Musk’s Rocket Company Following Sexual harassment Complaints By Jane Mundy (Sep-6-20)
- Our love-hate relationship with Uber and Lyft –Can we Compromise? By Jane Mundy (Aug-26-20)
- Supreme Court Blocks Teachers from Suing Church Schools for Job Discrimination By Anne Wallace (Aug-14-20)
- July 1 Minimum Wage Rates Affect Other California Prevailing Wage Rules By Anne Wallace (Aug-12-20)
- Can California Employers Make Overtime Mandatory? By Anne Wallace (Aug-7-20)
- DoorDash Opens Litigation Door for Misclassification By Jane Mundy (Aug-4-20)
- The Gig is Up for California Car Wash By Jane Mundy (Jul-23-20)
- PAGA Claims Survive Dismissal of California Labor Code Violations By Anne Wallace (Jul-20-20)
- California Supreme Court Clarifies Reach of California Labor Code By Anne Wallace (Jul-13-20)
- Uber Slammed -- From California to Canada By Jane Mundy (Jul-5-20)
- Rite-Aid not doing it Right By Jane Mundy (Jul-3-20)
- Aldi, Inc. Settles California Overtime Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jul-1-20)
- Biden Backs Assembly Bill 5; Opposes Measure to Exempt App-Based Drivers By Anne Wallace (Jun-25-20)
- California AG Pressures Walmart to Protect Vulnerable Employees By Anne Wallace (Jun-19-20)