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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 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 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.
August 20, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Reaching a Settlement for Kome Restaurant Workers takes a Community ]
San Francisco, CA Attorney Winni Kao with the Asian Law Caucus wants workers to know there are community groups and government agencies to help with California labor violations, particularly wage theft. “We encourage workers to stand together as they are likely all experiencing the same violations,” says Kao. Such was the case with Kome Japanese Seafood Buffet workers. This case illustrates that with brave workers and community support, employers are on the hook. Kome owners will pay $2.6 million to 133 workers.
August 14, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Supreme Court Blocks Teachers from Suing Church Schools for Job Discrimination ]
Los Angeles, CA The bad news for lay teachers is that on July 8, in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the U.S. Supreme Court severely limited the rights of Catholic school elementary teachers to sue for employment discrimination under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Justice Sotomayor captured the stunned reaction in her dissent: “That cannot be right.”
August 12, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ July 1 Minimum Wage Rates Affect Other California Prevailing Wage Rules ]
Los Angeles, CA On July 1 the minimum wage rate increased in 13 California cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. Most minimum wage workers in these jurisdictions should have already seen the difference. These increases also ripple through California prevailing wage laws in less obvious ways. Employers who fail to comply with the full implications of the required wage increases may not have seen wage and hour lawsuits yet, but they likely will.
- 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)
- California Supreme Court Clarifies Reach of California Labor Code By Anne Wallace (Jul-13-20)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- California Suspends Worker Layoff Notifications. Did Velodyne Take Advantage? By Anne Wallace (May-4-20)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- PricewaterhouseCoopers to Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit for $11.6 Million By Anne Wallace (Mar-12-20)
- $2 Million Blue Apron Settlement Tells Two Stories By Anne Wallace (Mar-9-20)
- UPS Facing Multiple Employee Lawsuits, Employees Feeling Pressured By Jane Mundy (Mar-7-20)
- Judge to Uber on AB5: That Means You, Too, and Now By Anne Wallace (Feb-14-20)
- Discrimination Pervasive Despite California Labor Law By Jane Mundy (Feb-13-20)
- Strippers Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $3.65 Million By Anne Wallace (Feb-10-20)
- Follow-up with California Labor Commissioner’s Office after Wage Theft Fines By Jane Mundy (Feb-5-20)
- Uber Steering around AB40 By Jane Mundy (Feb-4-20)
- Court Permanently Halts California Ban on Mandatory Arbitration By Anne Wallace (Feb-3-20)
- Ninth Circuit Affirms $54.6 Wage Award for Walmart Truckers By Anne Wallace (Jan-21-20)
- California Employment Laws include Wage & Hour and Misclassification Updates By Jane Mundy (Jan-13-20)
- Disneyland Workers file a lawsuit alleging they aren’t paid Minimum Wage By Jane Mundy (Jan-7-20)
- California Uber Drivers Survive Motion to Dismiss, Lose Preliminary Injunction By Anne Wallace (Jan-2-20)
- California Workers File Class Action Lawsuit against Cannabis Companies By Anne Wallace (Dec-10-19)
- McDonald’s $26 million California Labor Class Action Settlement By Jane Mundy (Dec-5-19)