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April 15, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million ]
Los Angeles, CA On April 15, a federal court in the Central District of California is expected to approve a $3.3 million settlement in Christina Epstein v. Walgreens Pharmacy Services Midwest LLC. The settlement will end a California labor lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of 6,745 pharmacy technicians who allege that Walgreens failed to compensate them for off-the-clock work and pay overtime wages, as required by California state labor law.
April 13, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Did Detroit Edison Mislead Retirees about Benefits? ]
Cincinnati, OH On March 23, the Sixth Circuit revived an ERISA lawsuit that alleges that Detroit Edison Co. misled plan participants about the benefits they could expect at retirement when the plan design was changed in 2002. The Appeals Court’s decision in Nolan v. Detroit Edison Co. gives the participants a fresh opportunity to show that the disclosure to participants about the plan’s conversion to a cash balance plan failed to meet basic ERISA requirements. Nolan seeks class action status.
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.
April 2, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Insurer May Renew Defense in Tangled ESOP Lawsuit ]
Detroit, MI On March 4, The District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan held that Great American Fidelity Insurance Co. (Great American) could renew its argument that it should not be required to defend Stout Risius Ross (Stout) against a claim by Appvion Retirement Savings and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (Appvion ESOP). Great American Fidelity Insurance Co. v. Stout Risius Ross Inc., an insurance contract claim, is one piece of the fallout from the sprawling ERISA lawsuit that includes Appvion v. Buth. The facts are complicated.
March 30, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ City of LaCrosse sues 3M Company over PFAS Water Contamination ]
LaCrosse, WI On March 4, the City of La Crosse filed a lawsuit in the Wisconsin Circuit Court alleging that 3M Company and 22 other defendants produced and marketed products containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS/PFOA) with knowledge that these substances were likely to contaminate public and private wells throughout the city.
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 15, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Federal Court Okays Class Action Status for 401k Mismanagement Lawsuit ]
Philadelphia, PA On March 8, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted class action status to plaintiffs in Boley v. Universal Health Services. The ERISA lawsuit claims that fiduciaries of the Universal Health Services Inc. Retirement Savings Plan mismanaged the 401k plan in violation of ERISA.
March 8, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Targets Walmart COVID Screening ]
Fresno, CA On February 23, a group of Walmart workers brought an unpaid wages lawsuit against Walmart, claiming that they should have been paid for time spent undergoing COVID-19 screenings that were required before they were allowed to clock-in. Haro v. Walmart alleges that Walmart’s practice violates both the California Labor Code and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
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.
- San Diego to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Firefighters’ Overtime Claims By Anne Wallace (Feb-26-21)
- Amazon to Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Tip Theft By Anne Wallace (Feb-23-21)
- Firefighting Foam $17.5M Settlement a “Huge Milestone” By Jane Mundy (Feb-16-21)
- Labor Commissioner files $1.3 million California unpaid wages lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Feb-12-21)
- California Supreme Court Says Proposition 22 is a Done Deal By Jane Mundy (Feb-11-21)
- California “New” Hero Pay for Grocery Workers Backfires By Jane Mundy (Feb-10-21)
- Northern District of Illinois Nixes Mandatory Arbitration in ERISA Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Feb-8-21)
- Terminations Main Reason for COVID-19 Workplace-Related Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (Jan-31-21)
- Forever Waiting for EPA’s Limits on PFAS “Forever Chemicals” By Jane Mundy (Jan-27-21)
- California Poultry Processor Slapped with TRO By Anne Wallace (Jan-26-21)
- California Coronavirus Litigation—Amazon Evades Attorney General: A TimeLine By Jane Mundy (Jan-21-21)
- “Do I Have a Firefighting Foam or Contaminated Water Lawsuit?” PFAS Contamination Lawyer Weighs In By Jane Mundy (Jan-20-21)
- Walgreens Wages and Waste Settlements By Jane Mundy (Jan-19-21)
- Motion Picture Industry ERISA Plan under the Bright, Hot Lights By Anne Wallace (Jan-18-21)
- 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)
- SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Dumps Oldest Participants By Anne Wallace (Jan-8-21)
- 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)
- Fourth Circuit Says “No” to Counting Commissions for Minimum Wage By Anne Wallace (Dec-18-20)
- Can California Cashiers Sit on the Job? By Jane Mundy (Dec-17-20)
- “Abysmal” or “Too Conservative”? Supermarket ERISA Lawsuit to Settle for $17.5 Million By Anne Wallace (Dec-14-20)
- 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)
- 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)