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November 29, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Amazon to Pay $500,000 in COVID-19 Notice Lawsuit ]
San Francisco, CA On November 15, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that Amazon had agreed to pay the State of California $500,000 and amend its Covid-19 notification practices to comply with California’s new “right-to-know” law. AB 685, enacted in December 2020, amended the California Labor Code to require employers to notify workers about potential workplace exposure in ways designed to actually provide them with meaningful information, on the basis of which they might make informed healthcare choices.
November 24, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Call Center Workers File FLSA Lawsuit over Unpaid Wages ]
Chicago, IL On October 19, Maria Guadalupe Amador filed a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action lawsuit against Kemper Corp., alleging that the insurance giant cheated her and other call center workers out of wages due under federal and Illinois law. Recent lawsuit news coverage has often focused on whether very small (de minimus) amounts of time must be counted in wage calculations under federal law. Ms. Amador’s off the clock work claims are not small, however. Further, the tasks to be accomplished during the unpaid time seem to have been essential to the workers’ performance of other tasks.
November 9, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Supreme Court Hands DoorDash Driver a Win in PAGA Case ]
Washington, DC On October 12, the U.S. Supreme Court denied DoorDash Inc’s petition for certiorari, thus declining to review the decision of the California Court of Appeals in Brandon Campbell v. DoorDash, Inc. The Court of Appeals’s decision permitted Campbell, a DoorDash driver, to proceed with his Private Attorneys General (PAGA) claim, without first submitting it to arbitration. Campbell’s PAGA claim was based on his allegation that DoorDash’s payment scheme violated the minimum wage requirements of the California Labor Code.
October 18, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Delta Airlines asks Supreme Court to review California Wage Protections for Airline Workers ]
Washington, DC On September 9, Delta Airlines, Inc. asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review decisions by the Ninth Circuit and preceding lower courts in Oman v. Delta Airlines, Inc. The Oman decisions recognize the generous protections of the California Labor Code for airline employees based in California.
October 10, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ A Loss and a Win (Sort of) for GrubHub Drivers ]
San Francisco, CA On September 20, the Ninth Circuit partially dismissed, partially upheld and remanded back to the District Court a GrubHub driver’s claim that he was owed back wages and other remedies under the California Labor Code and related wage orders. Raef Lawson v. Grubhub is a complicated decision, but there is some positive news for gig workers who allege that they were misclassified as independent contractors.
October 4, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ $95.7 Wells Fargo Settlement Offer in Question as Objector Raises New Issues ]
San Jose, CA On September 23, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard objections to a $95.7 million offer made by Wells Fargo to settle consolidated class action lawsuits brought by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultants (HMCs). The lawsuits allege that the bank violated California state labor laws by failing to either provide or pay for rest breaks for its HMCs.
October 1, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Ohio Cannabis Workers Sue for Unpaid Wages ]
Cleveland, OH On September 14, the Northern District of Ohio granted conditional certification to a group of hemp workers in Tenita Bryant v. North Coast Natural Solutions, LLC. The employees may now move one step farther along in their pursuit of unpaid wages claims against a collection of related hemp enterprises that did business as AgeVital Pharmacy. Their lawsuit alleges violations of both the federal Fair Labor Standards Ace (FLSA) and the Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act (OMFWSA).
September 20, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Arsenic Poisoning at Montana Super Fund Site ]
Butte, MT U.S. Minerals, Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and to pay a criminal penalty of $393,200. The mining company has also agreed to a medical monitoring program for current and former employees who have been exposed to elevated levels of arsenic. Employees who take advantage of the medical monitoring program will not forfeit their right to pursue civil lawsuits, including unpaid wages claims, as the facts dictate. In addition, U.S. Minerals has also offered to settle a civil lawsuit brought by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for $106,800.
September 17, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ “Quit or Die, N----r,” Read the Note ]
Fresno, CA Three former employees of Kraft Heinz Foods Co. at the Tulare, California plant have filed a lawsuit citing violations of federal and California employee labor laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the Ralph Civil Rights Act, and the Tom Bane Civil Rights Act.
September 10, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Assembly Bill 701 To Hold Amazon Accountable for Safe Workplace ]
Santa Clara, CA Assembly Bill 701 is expected to reach California lawmakers any day now. Bill 701 will curtail Amazon’s algorithm-led and unfavorable warehouse work conditions by requiring warehouses to disclose quotas and work speed metrics to employees and government agencies. The bill will also put an end to “time off task” penalties that affect health and safety, including bathroom use, and prohibit retaliation against workers who complain.
- NLRB Hears Complaints of Workers Fired, Disciplined for Protesting Google’s Anti-Immigrant Work By Anne Wallace (Sep-8-21)
- California Grocery Stores Fined for Failure to Pay COVID-19 Sick Leave By Jane Mundy (Sep-3-21)
- Drivers’ PAGA Claims Survive Postmates’ Arbitration Challenge By Anne Wallace (Aug-13-21)
- Washington Football Team to Pay $10 Million Plus Legal Fees to End Sexual Harassment Claims By Anne Wallace (Aug-12-21)
- Minor League Baseball Players Sue for Unpaid California Wages By Anne Wallace (Aug-9-21)
- SkyWest Flight Attendants File Rest and Meal Break California Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Aug-2-21)
- ABM Industries to Settle Janitors’ Wage Lawsuits for $140 Million By Anne Wallace (Jul-30-21)
- Creeping Data Collection at Family Dollar, Dollar Tree By Anne Wallace (Jul-23-21)
- Magistrate Recommends Certification of Some Classes in Amazon Wage Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jul-15-21)
- Pilgrim’s Pride Settles Out of “Wage-Fixing” Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jul-12-21)
- Entry-Level Manager Sues Amazon for Misclassification By Anne Wallace (Jul-6-21)
- Ninth Circuit Reverses $102 Million Wage Penalty against Walmart By Anne Wallace (Jun-24-21)
- Nike to Settle Bag Check Lawsuit for $8.25 Million By Anne Wallace (Jun-16-21)
- Ecolab to Settle Overtime Lawsuit for $2.55 Million By Anne Wallace (Jun-11-21)
- California Supreme Court to Rule on Rest and Meal Premium Payments By Anne Wallace (Jun-9-21)
- Bank of America Settles California Labor Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (May-28-21)
- One Fair Wage Slams Darden Restaurants’ Wage Practices By Anne Wallace (May-24-21)
- Cannabis Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Pushes Policy By Anne Wallace (May-13-21)
- Drillers’ Unpaid Wage Claim Gets Conditional Class Certification By Anne Wallace (May-6-21)
- Production Worker Sues Sporting Goods Retailer for Overtime, COVID-19 Testing By Anne Wallace (Apr-26-21)
- Ninth Circuit Asked to Require Hotel to Rehire Workers with Back Pay and Damages By Anne Wallace (Apr-20-21)
- Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million By Anne Wallace (Apr-15-21)
- 7-Eleven Franchisees Glorified Managers or Business Owners? By Jane Mundy (Apr-8-21)
- Claims of Rampant Gender Wage Discrimination at Disney By Anne Wallace (Mar-23-21)
- Ninth Circuit Upholds Flight Attendants’ Claims for Overtime, Rest and Meal Breaks By Anne Wallace (Mar-17-21)
- California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Targets Walmart COVID Screening By Anne Wallace (Mar-8-21)
- Employer Must Pay Attorney for Secret Settlement By Jane Mundy (Mar-7-21)
- San Diego to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Firefighters’ Overtime Claims By Anne Wallace (Feb-27-21)
- Amazon to Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Tip Theft By Anne Wallace (Feb-24-21)
- 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-12-21)
- California “New” Hero Pay for Grocery Workers Backfires By Jane Mundy (Feb-10-21)
- Terminations Main Reason for COVID-19 Workplace-Related Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (Jan-31-21)
- 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)
- Walgreens Wages and Waste Settlements By Jane Mundy (Jan-19-21)
- 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)
- California Nursing Home Overtime Settlement By Jane Mundy (Jan-5-21)