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February 14, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Dockworkers’ ERISA Lawsuit Challenges Denial of Preapproved Benefits ]
Los Angeles, CA Delgado v. ILWU-PMA Welfare Plan, an ERISA lawsuit now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, has more lives than a cat.
February 7, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Trouble ahead for California trucker wage lawsuits? ]
Los Angeles, CA The California Labor Commissioner awarded 24 truck port drivers a total of $6 million for unpaid wages and benefits. The underpayment arose from NFI/California Cartage Express’s practice of intentionally misclassifying the drivers as independent contractors, rather than as employees. Since the 2018 California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, many California unpaid wage lawsuits that deal with misclassification problem have gone for workers. Dynamex is under legal assault, however, particularly in the trucking industry.
February 4, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ The Labor Commissioner's Office Working California Overtime? ]
Oakland, CA: Last year the restaurant industry alone was cited in California labor law violations amounting to millions of dollars. And according to a 2017 report, California wage theft can cost workers about $2 billion per year. That amount may rise now that agricultural workers are entitled to farmworker overtime pay based on a schedule issued by the Labor Commissioner's Office that went into effect as of January 1, 2019.
January 30, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Underground Economy Keeping California’s Field Enforcers Busy ]
San Diego, CA: The Labor Commissioner’s Office is cracking down on California’s underground economy. Daniel Yu, Assistant Chief with the Bureau of Field Enforcement is charged with making sure employers comply with California labor laws, and that every worker, including illegals, is entitled to full protection.
January 15, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Employee 401(k) Lawsuit Claims GE Inflated Stock Value ]
Albany, NY On December 14, 2018, Adele Vargas filed a class action ERISA lawsuit against General Electric Company (“GE”) and Jeffrey Immelt, its former CEO. She alleges that GE improperly manipulated its earnings and inflated its stock price.
January 11, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ LTD Claimants Win Big as Ninth Circuit Trims “Abuse of Discretion” Standard ]
San Francisco, CA In one of the earliest decisions of 2019, the Ninth Circuit gave plaintiffs in long term denied disability lawsuits a new way to challenge benefit denial decisions. It may turn out to be significant.
January 8, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Unum Disability Insurance Claimant Wins Reinstatement of LTD Benefits ]
Santa Ana, CA On November 20, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California handed Pamela Fleming a resounding victory in her Unum disability insurance lawsuit. Unum had been paying her LTD benefits since 2005, after a serious and well-documented neck injury sustained in a car accident. A change in her treating physician and a brief surveillance video led the insurer to re-evaluate her claim and declare that she had recovered. The insurer terminated her benefits. Judge Cormac J. Carney was not impressed and reinstated her benefits due under the policy.
January 7, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Named in Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit ]
Santa Clara, CA In late 2018, R. Ross and C. Rogus filed a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) that describes a pattern of gender-based pay discrimination. It’s hardly news, you think, that tech giants underpay women.
January 4, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ The New Year Rings in New Sexual Harassment Rules, Mainly Triggered by #MeTooMovement ]
Sacramento, CA:The #MeTooMovement has resulted in a number of new laws with the goal to make it easier for employees to report sexual harassment and for employers to have a voice in investigations concerning this and other California labor law violations. Most of these laws took effect January 1, and employers would be wise to become familiar with them.
December 13, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ “Face of Channel 4 News” Fired -- Too Old to be Female on TV ]
Nashville, TN News anchor Demetria Kalodimos, who had repeatedly been named the Best Local Reporter and Best Local TV News Personality by the readers of the Nashville Scene, was abruptly fired by WSMV, Channel 4 on December 4, 2017. On November 27, 2018, she filed an employment lawsuit in the Middle District of Tennessee, alleging violations of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Tennessee Human Rights Act and Disability Act and Tennessee common law. Allegations concerning violations of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 are expected to follow.
- SEI Investments Company Accused of Self-Dealing in 401(k) Mismanagement Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Dec-12-18)
- Employers can be Liable for California Wage-Hour Violations By Jane Mundy (Dec-10-18)
- California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Goes to Jail By Anne Wallace (Dec-7-18)
- Unum: the Gift of Giving and Taking Away By Jane Mundy (Dec-6-18)
- Discrimination Laws Upheld with Teva Claim By Jane Mundy (Dec-6-18)
- California Independent Contractor Rules Collapse in Confusion By Anne Wallace (Nov-24-18)
- Tennessee Drywall Workers Win Unpaid Overtime in DOL Settlement By Anne Wallace (Nov-21-18)
- Hacks, Embezzlements, and 401(k) Mismanagement – What You Can Do to Protect Your Retirement Nest Egg By Anne Wallace (Nov-17-18)
- Unum’s Denial of Opioid Overdose Deaths By Jane Mundy (Nov-15-18)
- California Harassment Laws and Mandatory Arbitration Agreements stem from #MeToo movement By Jane Mundy (Nov-14-18)
- J.B. Hunt Settles California Labor Lawsuit with Truckers for $15million By Jane Mundy (Nov-8-18)
- Sephora Accused of Shorting Workers for Time to Don Makeup By Anne Wallace (Nov-5-18)
- Uber Misclassification Issue Now Facing Unfair Competition Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Nov-3-18)
- Is a Health Plan Liable for the Negligence of an Unqualified Claims Reviewer? By Anne Wallace (Oct-23-18)
- Google Employee Tagged as “Too Old” May Yet Have the Last Word By Anne Wallace (Oct-23-18)
- Tennessee Minimum Wage Too Low for Many By Jane Mundy (Oct-22-18)
- Victory for Tipped Employees -- Bad News for Tennessee Based Restaurant Chain By Jane Mundy (Oct-18-18)
- Fidelity Faces Self-Dealing Lawsuit over 401(k) Plan Mismanagement By Anne Wallace (Oct-18-18)
- 401(k) Lawsuit Continues against Franklin Templeton By Anne Wallace (Oct-15-18)
- UNUM LTD Claimants Must Beware of Exhaustion of Remedies Roadblock By Anne Wallace (Oct-15-18)
- Los Angeles Sweatshops Cited for Wage and Hour Violations By Anne Wallace (Oct-14-18)
- Donning and Doffing in Tennessee – Clothes or Protective Equipment? By Jane Mundy (Oct-12-18)
- Mother with Post-Partum Depression Denied Disability Benefits by Hartford By Jane Mundy (Oct-10-18)
- Wage Theft Investigations at California Restaurants By Jane Mundy (Oct-8-18)
- Skirting around Donning and Doffing By Jane Mundy (Oct-4-18)
- California Donning and Doffing on the Clock? By Jane Mundy (Sep-26-18)
- Cash America Pawn Managers Deserve Overtime, Too By Jane Mundy (Sep-25-18)
- Trunk Club Settles California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit for $1.75 Million By Anne Wallace (Sep-21-18)
- Exotic Dancers Bring California Labor Lawsuit to Recover Back Wages By Anne Wallace (Sep-18-18)
- Employment Attorney Alan Crone Discusses Main Reasons for Overtime Complaints By Jane Mundy (Sep-14-18)
- Wheeler v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Seeks LTD Benefits for Injured Seaman By Anne Wallace (Sep-14-18)
- California Court Saves Class Action Wage Claims from Forced Arbitration By Anne Wallace (Sep-7-18)
- Are Tutors Independent Contractors or Employees Under the California Labor Code? By Jane Mundy (Sep-6-18)
- H&M Plaintiffs Rely on Starbucks Workers’ Win To Bolster Case By Lori Prapas (Aug-19-18)
- Retail giant Target Settles California Labor Lawsuits over Cashier Seating for $9 million. By Jane Mundy (Aug-16-18)
- Cash America Pawn, or First Cash Management Facing Overtime Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Aug-14-18)
- Drywall Contractor Fined $2 million; Is California Wage Theft Rampant? By Jane Mundy (Aug-10-18)
- Ninth Circuit Says Pension Plan Participants Cannot be Forced to Arbitrate By Anne Wallace (Aug-9-18)
- SoCal Drywall Company Fined $1.9M for Wage Theft Violations By Lori Prapas (Aug-7-18)
- California Supreme Court Says Employers Must Pay for De Minimis Off-the-Clock Work By Anne Wallace (Aug-3-18)