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January 14, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Pot Shop Employees High-Five Union for Back Pay ]
Oakland, CA It doesn’t matter how many times a California business changes its name or sells to another company—a union contract stays put. Case in point: the United Food and Commercial Workers, (UFCW) pressured two pot shops on behalf of their weed workers, despite the dispensaries changing hands a few times, and they came to a $75,000 settlement over back pay, specifically union raises.
January 13, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Olson v. Becerra Challenges AB 5 Constitutionality Again ]
Los Angeles, CA On November 9, two individual and two company plaintiffs, including Uber and Postmates, filed a California labor lawsuit against the State of California. Olson v. Becerra challenges the constitutionality of AB 5 and related laws. In December, California filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that the Second Amended Complaint does little to remedy the flaws that led to the lawsuit’s dismissal without prejudice in September. This time California seeks to bar the lawsuit permanently.
January 10, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Some California Drivers May Lose Their Right to Pursue Wage Lawsuits against Uber ]
San Francisco, CA On December 22, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard arguments in James v. Uber Technologies Inc., a class action California labor lawsuit. Judge Edward Chen appeared to focus particularly on whether the facts of the case would support the inclusion of drivers who also have other jobs in the class seeking certification.
January 8, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Dumps Oldest Participants ]
Los Angeles, CA On December 1, 91-year-old actor Ed Asner and nine other participants in the Screen Actors Guild-Producers Health Plan filed a class action ERISA lawsuit against the SAG-AFTRA Health Fund and Trustees of the Plan. The early coverage of the lawsuit focuses on what appears to be age discrimination against veteran actors, many of whom sacrificed television residuals for pre-1960 movies to fund the health plan at its outset.
January 5, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Nursing Home Overtime Settlement ]
Los Angeles, CA A California labor lawsuit claiming wage and labor violations has finally been agreed upon for $3 million. The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), originally filed in 2015, sought to represent over 250 former and current nursing home workers employed by Five Star Quality Care Inc.
January 4, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Oracle in the Hot Seat over Gender Pay Discrimination (Again) ]
San Mateo, CA On December 18, the California Superior Court refused to dismiss a Complaint alleging that Oracle America, Inc. systematically paid women less than men for comparable work. The California labor lawsuit, describes a pattern all-too-familiar from other gender discrimination lawsuits against Silicon Valley tech giants, including Google, Uber and HP as well as Oracle.
December 28, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Nurse Recruiters Fight for Meal Break Pay ]
San Francisco, CA On December 1, the California Supreme Court heard arguments by nurse recruiters seeking to revive a California labor lawsuit against AMN Services LLC. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2014, arose from the way the company’s time-rounding software had tracked employees’ required meal breaks.
December 18, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Fourth Circuit Says “No” to Counting Commissions for Minimum Wage ]
Richmond, VA On November 24, the Fourth Circuit gave new life to a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuit brought by restaurant workers who accused their employer of violating the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime requirements by mis-classifying gratuities and permitting ineligible employees to share in the tip pool. Wai Tom v. Hospitality Ventures LLC wades into a dense thicket of questions surrounding how the FLSA protects tipped workers.
December 17, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Can California Cashiers Sit on the Job? ]
Sacramento, CA The latest ruling over Ralphs Grocery Store seating for cashiers – initially filed in 2016— has reversed a trial court’s decision to link two California labor lawsuits that accuse parent company The Kroger Co. of not providing its employees with seating. On November 20, the California state appeals court found that cases implicating different job titles, time periods and claims could be litigated separately.
December 14, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ “Abysmal” or “Too Conservative”? Supermarket ERISA Lawsuit to Settle for $17.5 Million ]
Boston, MA Toomey v. DeMoulas Super Markets, Inc., a class action ERISA lawsuit filed in the Massachusetts District Court in 2019, will settle for $17.5 million and prospective changes to the plan’s investment strategy, pending the court’s final approval in April 2021. While ERISA industry advisors have characterized the DeMoulas (Restated) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust’s investment management style as “too conservative,” the Complaint is far more brutal. It describes the performance of the investment fund as “abysmal.”
- 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)
- Chipotle Workers Argue Against Supreme Court Review of Wage and Hour Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Nov-23-20)
- Is Dynamex Ruling Retroactive? By Jane Mundy (Nov-18-20)
- Third Circuit Revives Oil Workers’ Donning and Doffing Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Nov-16-20)
- California Voters Weighed In: Gig Workers are Independent Contractors By Jane Mundy (Nov-12-20)
- Lubbock National Bank to Settle ERISA Lawsuit for $2 Million By Anne Wallace (Nov-5-20)
- 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)
- California Wage Lawsuit Argues Mortgage Company's Pay Practices By Jane Mundy (Oct-26-20)
- Court Greenlights Class Action Status for Home Depot 401k ERISA Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Oct-22-20)
- Google Worker Secrecy Agreements to face California Labor Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Oct-19-20)
- OSF Church Plan Participants Settle for “ERISA Lite” By Anne Wallace (Oct-11-20)
- 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)
- ERISA Lawsuit Targets ESOP Scam By Anne Wallace (Sep-21-20)
- Workplace Sexual Harassment and Retaliation – Attorney Weighs In By Jane Mundy (Sep-17-20)
- 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)
- Biogen ERISA Lawsuit Slams 401k Fiduciaries for Poor Investments, High Costs By Anne Wallace (Sep-10-20)
- 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)
- Reaching a Settlement for Kome Restaurant Workers takes a Community By Jane Mundy (Aug-20-20)
- 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)
- 3 Lessons for Plaintiffs in 401k Fiduciary Mismanagement Lawsuits By Anne Wallace (Aug-10-20)
- 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)
- Meat Packing Giant JBS Souderton under Fire for Covid-19 Death By Anne Wallace (Jul-16-20)
- California Supreme Court Clarifies Reach of California Labor Code By Anne Wallace (Jul-13-20)
- California Court Rejects Dignity Health Settlement Again By Anne Wallace (Jul-8-20)