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July 8, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Court Rejects Dignity Health Settlement Again ]
Oakland, CA The long-awaited settlement in Rollins v. Dignity Health, a class action ERISA lawsuit, that has been moving through the legal system since 2013, continues to be just that – long awaited. On June 12, the District Court for the Northern District of California refused to approve a proposed settlement for the second time since 2019.
July 5, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Uber Slammed -- From California to Canada ]
Santa Clara, CA Uber and Lyft are getting slammed, from California to Canada. In May, California sued the ride-hailing companies claiming they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state’s new labor law, Bill AB5. North of the border, the Canadian Supreme Court has allowed Uber drivers to forge ahead with a class action lawsuit that will classify them as employers rather than independent contractors.
July 3, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Rite-Aid not doing it Right ]
Santa Clara, CA A California federal judge says Rite Aid violated California labor law by not reimbursing its employees for their uniforms. And one month previously, in May, Rite-Aid was hit with another lawsuit. Along with Thrifty PayLess Inc., about 10,000 employees may be owed wages for time spent undergoing off-the-clock security checks.
July 1, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Aldi, Inc. Settles California Overtime Lawsuit ]
Los Angeles, CA Jeree Gant filed a class action lawsuit against Aldi, Inc., claiming that the grocery chain failed to pay her for all the hours she worked between October 2017 and May 2018. The other allegations under the California labor code concerning meal breaks, rest breaks and wage statements follow from that central claim. Aldi has now offered to settle the claims of what might ultimately have been thousands of California plaintiffs for $2 million.
June 25, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Biden Backs Assembly Bill 5; Opposes Measure to Exempt App-Based Drivers ]
Sacramento, CA Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has announced that he opposes a November 3 ballot initiative that would permit companies like Uber and DoorDash to continue to classify drivers as independent contractors. If approved, the measure would override AB 5 with respect to app-based drivers. These drivers could, as a result, be classified as independent contractors not protected by the wage and hour provisions of the California Labor Code.
June 19, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California AG Pressures Walmart to Protect Vulnerable Employees ]
Sacramento, CA California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a coalition of 12 attorneys general in a letter that calls on Walmart to improve its efforts to protect workers and the public during COVID-19. Lawyers have anticipated a surge in California labor lawsuits arising from employer failures to adequately protect essential workers.
June 18, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Employee Stock Ownership Lawsuit Unmasks Brazen Corporate Fraud ]
Riverside, CA The allegations made in Gamino v. KPC Healthcare are pretty lurid, especially as ERISA lawsuits go. Even apart from the loaded handgun and the slashed tires, the Complaint tells a tale of shocking financial malfeasance.
June 15, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Ninth Circuit: Workers Must be Paid for Call-in Shifts ]
San Francisco, CA In Herrera v. Zumiez, Inc., the Ninth Circuit affirmed that, under Wage Order No. 7 and the California Labor Code, workers must be paid if they are required to call in prior to a scheduled shift to determine whether they should actually come to work. The ruling, which follows the Court of Appeal’s reasoning in Ward v. Tilly’s Inc., involves some fine legal dicing of the phrase “report for work.” Herrera’s class action lawsuit may take on additional significance as financially strapped California employers search for ways to shave employee costs.
June 11, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Safeway and McDonalds Coronavirus Safety Lawsuit ]
Tracy, CA Pedro Zuniga and at least 51 other Safeway workers contracted the coronavirus in “dangerous and hazardous conditions” at the company’s warehouse but they were not given personal protective equipment nor did they social distance. Instead, they were forced to work in close quarters and deterred by their employer from calling in sick. Mr. Zuniga died and his widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit. McDonald’s employees also filed a class action lawsuit for similar reasons under California labor law, but they aren’t seeking financial compensation.
June 10, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Employment Discrimination, Disability Accommodations and Return to Work after COVID-19 Closures ]
New York, NY Vincent White, a partner at White, Hilferty and Albanese, hears stories like this frequently now:
- ERISA Lawsuits Target United HealthCare Reimbursements Practices By Anne Wallace (Jun-10-20)
- Truckers Fight Against Bill AB5, No Backup from Teamsters or State of California By Jane Mundy (May-31-20)
- California McDonald’s Workers Cite COVID-19 Safety Issues By Anne Wallace (May-25-20)
- The Gig Economy v. Assembly Bill 5 By Jane Mundy (May-19-20)
- California Sues Uber and Lyft By Anne Wallace (May-15-20)
- Some California Food Workers Choose between COVID-19 exposure or lost wages—will worker safety lawsuits follow? By Jane Mundy (May-12-20)
- Putnam Investments to Settle 401k Self-Dealing Lawsuit for $12.5 Million By Anne Wallace (May-6-20)
- California Suspends Worker Layoff Notifications. Did Velodyne Take Advantage? By Anne Wallace (May-4-20)
- Employment Discrimination based on Perceived Sexual Orientation By Anne Wallace (May-1-20)
- Can California Employers Pay Workers with Reloadable Debit Cards? By Anne Wallace (Apr-27-20)
- California Labor Bill AB5 Adding Fuel to Fire with COVID-19 Crisis? By Jane Mundy (Apr-24-20)
- JPMorgan Chase to Settle 401k Self-Dealing Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Apr-22-20)
- Uber Drivers May Have to Choose between COVID-19 Pay and Employee Status By Anne Wallace (Apr-13-20)
- California Labor Law Issues During Coronavirus Crisis By Jane Mundy (Apr-8-20)
- Papa John’s to Settle California Wage Theft Lawsuit for $3.4 Million By Anne Wallace (Apr-3-20)
- BOEING DEFENDANTS IN STOCK DROP LAWSUIT CLAIM THEY WERE NOT FIDUCIARIES By Anne Wallace (Mar-31-20)
- Overlooked, Underpaid California Workers Face Dire Coronavirus Risk By Anne Wallace (Mar-26-20)
- California Labor Law and COVID-19: Top questions asked by California Workers By Jane Mundy (Mar-17-20)
- TIAA ERISA LAWSUIT TARGETS SELF-DEALING IN LOAN ADMINISTRATION By Anne Wallace (Mar-16-20)
- PricewaterhouseCoopers to Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit for $11.6 Million By Anne Wallace (Mar-12-20)
- $2 Million Blue Apron Settlement Tells Two Stories By Anne Wallace (Mar-9-20)
- UPS Facing Multiple Employee Lawsuits, Employees Feeling Pressured By Jane Mundy (Mar-7-20)
- Judge to Uber on AB5: That Means You, Too, and Now By Anne Wallace (Feb-14-20)
- Discrimination Pervasive Despite California Labor Law By Jane Mundy (Feb-13-20)
- Supreme Court Sends IBM Stock Drop ERISA Lawsuit Back to Second Circuit By Anne Wallace (Feb-11-20)
- Strippers Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $3.65 Million By Anne Wallace (Feb-10-20)
- Follow-up with California Labor Commissioner’s Office after Wage Theft Fines By Jane Mundy (Feb-5-20)
- Uber Steering around AB40 By Jane Mundy (Feb-4-20)
- Court Permanently Halts California Ban on Mandatory Arbitration By Anne Wallace (Feb-3-20)
- Employees May Work 6 Years Longer when Employer Skims Fees off the Top of 401k Plan By Anne Wallace (Jan-22-20)
- Ninth Circuit Affirms $54.6 Wage Award for Walmart Truckers By Anne Wallace (Jan-21-20)
- California Employment Laws include Wage & Hour and Misclassification Updates By Jane Mundy (Jan-13-20)
- U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jan-10-20)
- Disneyland Workers file a lawsuit alleging they aren’t paid Minimum Wage By Jane Mundy (Jan-7-20)
- California Uber Drivers Survive Motion to Dismiss, Lose Preliminary Injunction By Anne Wallace (Jan-2-20)
- Former Juul employee files California Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Dec-19-19)
- Uber Likely to Dodge “Existential Threat” Posed by Driver Misclassification Lawsuit – Again By Anne Wallace (Dec-17-19)
- California Workers File Class Action Lawsuit against Cannabis Companies By Anne Wallace (Dec-10-19)
- Dignity Health ERISA Lawsuit Inches Toward $100 Million Settlement By Anne Wallace (Dec-10-19)
- McDonald’s $26 million California Labor Class Action Settlement By Jane Mundy (Dec-5-19)