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September 24, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Refinery Workers Clinch $4.4 Settlement in Rest Break Lawsuit ]
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.
September 23, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Farmers Insurance Overtime Pay Settlement – Over and Over Again ]
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.
September 21, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ ERISA Lawsuit Targets ESOP Scam ]
Wilmington, DE Set against the backdrop of California’s notorious water wars, the 1974 film “Chinatown,” focuses on the mysterious Evelyn, who must finally explain whether a young girl is her daughter or her sister. The awful truth unfolds. She is murdered – shot through the eye as her daughter or sister screams. Evelyn’s private detective/lover is told to leave it alone; he doesn’t understand what’s going on. His partner utters the grim tagline, “Forget it Jake; it’s Chinatown,” from which the movie takes its title. In Alvarez v. Wilmington Trust, the latest Wilmington Trust ERISA lawsuit, the prize at the center of the story is not water rights, but the vast sums of money held in Employee Stock Ownership Plans, ERISA retirement plans designed to invest primarily in employer stock.
September 17, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Workplace Sexual Harassment and Retaliation – Attorney Weighs In ]
Manhattan, NY A sexual harassment and retaliation settlement was in the spotlight, this past July. It involved more than 25 construction workers who were subjected to physical assaults and other types of harassment, and some workers were retaliated against after complaining to supervisors. “It’s so important that these women supported and corroborated each other,” says attorney Vincent White. “It is never okay for someone to harass you at work.”
September 16, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Are Employers’ Facebook Recruiting Practices Exempt from Age Discrimination Laws? ]
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.
September 13, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Two Circuit Courts to Decide whether Drivers-for-Hire Can Get their Day in Court ]
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.
September 10, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Biogen ERISA Lawsuit Slams 401k Fiduciaries for Poor Investments, High Costs ]
Boston, MA On August 31, participants in the Biogen, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan filed a class-action ERISA lawsuit, alleging that plan administrators mismanaged employees’ retirement savings in ways that will leave them poorer in retirement.
September 8, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Amazon Last Mile Delivery Workers Get Right to Sue under California Labor Law ]
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.
September 6, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Retaliation Lawsuit Against Elon Musk’s Rocket Company Following Sexual harassment Complaints ]
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.
August 26, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Our love-hate relationship with Uber and Lyft –Can we Compromise? ]
San Jose, CA The mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo, is a smart guy. He understands that the public have a love-hate relationship with “gig companies” like Uber and Lyft, and he also understands that there has to be a model of “give and take” from both sides, i.e., the California labor law regulators and leading gig companies.
- 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)
- 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)
- Employee Stock Ownership Lawsuit Unmasks Brazen Corporate Fraud By Anne Wallace (Jun-18-20)
- Ninth Circuit: Workers Must be Paid for Call-in Shifts By Anne Wallace (Jun-15-20)
- Safeway and McDonalds Coronavirus Safety Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Jun-11-20)
- Employment Discrimination, Disability Accommodations and Return to Work after COVID-19 Closures By Anne Wallace (Jun-10-20)
- 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)