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September 9, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California In-Home Supportive Services Workers get New Wage Protections under Federal Law ]
Los Angeles, CA Household workers, including those who care for the elderly or people with disabilities, are among the most vulnerable to wage theft and other forms of employment abuse. They work in isolation, behind closed doors and sometimes in fear of deportation. Ray v. County of Los Angeles cuts through the fog and fear to make clear that private litigants may recover unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The bigger picture is that the change in federal protection fills a gap in the legal safety net left under California’s Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, Wage Order 15 and other provisions of California labor employment law.
August 21, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Labor Lawsuit Targets Meal Break Violations ]
Oakland, CA A former Payless Car Rental Inc. employee has asked a California court to grant class action status to a lawsuit that focuses on meal break waivers that were allegedly illegal under California labor employment law. Judge Michael Markman seemed doubtful, but set the next hearing date for November 5. A denial of class action status would likely put an end to the lawsuit, at least with regard to classes of plaintiffs not certified.
August 5, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Uber to Settle Class Action Contract Lawsuit for $395,000 ]
San Francisco, CA The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California appears ready to approve a settlement in Dulberg v. Uber Technologies Inc. that will net nearly a quarter of the drivers only $20. The class action lawsuit is notable for two reasons. It was brought as a contract lawsuit, not under the provisions of California labor employment law. Secondly, the payouts are very small for many of those included in the class. Even Judge William Alsup, who presided over the case, described the settlement as “a low-end recovery for the class.”
July 19, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Women’s Soccer Team California Discrimination Lawsuits Trigger Athletics Fair Pay Act ]
Santa Clara, CA: On the heels of the U.S. women's soccer team victory and two ongoing California labor law discrimination lawsuits, two Democratic senators have introduced legislation that calls for equal pay for female Olympic and national team athletes.
July 8, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Comcast and O.C. Communications California Wage and Hour Settlement Finally Reached ]
San Francisco, CA: After two years of litigation, a California labor lawsuit involving about 4,500 technicians has finally settled for $7.5 million, after legal fees. The federal class action alleged that O.C. Communications Inc., a tech talent supplier, and Comcast Corp. violated state and federal laws, including not paying the workers for all the hours worked and failure to compensate the techs for piecework, overtime or minimum wages.
July 5, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ New FLSA Interpretation Would Limit Worker Wage Lawsuits ]
Washington, DC The Department of Labor has proposed changes in the interpretation of the “joint employer rule.” The rule allows workers, especially in class action wage and hour lawsuits, to reach beyond an immediate employer to seek recovery from a franchisor, corporate parent or other related business entity. If the change goes into effect, it will affect the application of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but it will not necessarily limit wage and hour protections under California labor law.
California Labor Bill AB5 has ride-hailing companies collaborating rather than competing – and waiting on CA Senate vote
June 24, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Labor Bill AB5 has ride-hailing companies collaborating rather than competing – and waiting on CA Senate vote ]
Sacramento, CA: Uber and Lyft have become wildly successful, mainly due to classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, but misclassification is a violation of the California labor law and should the state Senate pass Bill AB5, the gig might be up for them and many other companies whose workers may be re-classified as employees.
June 14, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Still No Pay for California Residential Care Workers ]
Los Angeles, CA Residential care workers can win California unpaid wages lawsuits when they sue their employers for wage theft and other illegal employment practices. That’s the good news. But the bad news is that they are still having trouble getting paid, and the violations of California state labor laws continue.
June 10, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Along with Sexual Harassment Charges, Luxury Resort Faked Worker Breaks ]
Los Angeles, CA: The Terranea Resort, which calls itself Los Angeles’ Hidden Gem and the only luxury destination resort on the LA coast, can also be known as the “Fake Break” Resort.
May 27, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Jolene Provencio stood up for a co-worker. Then Intel drove her out of her job. ]
Denver, CO On April 30, 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ended Jolene Provencio’s lawsuit against Intel Corporation. She claimed that she had been retaliated against for participating in an internal discrimination investigation involving a co-worker. It’s a different state and a different judicial circuit, but some of the lessons of Provencio v. Intel Corporation apply in California workplace retaliation lawsuits, as well.
- Morgan Stanley Coughs Up Over $10 million For Failing to Cover Advisors Work- Related Expenses By Jane Mundy (May-15-19)
- Glasswerks L.A, Inc. to pay $1.3 Million to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (May-7-19)
- Wal-Mart Breaks for California Employees By Jane Mundy (May-6-19)
- Revel Systems to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit for $2.75 Million By Anne Wallace (Apr-12-19)
- Workers Win California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit over Shift Call-Ins By Anne Wallace (Apr-8-19)
- Northern California Horse Training Facilities Busted for Wage and Hour Violations and Inhumane Workers’ Housing By Jane Mundy (Apr-3-19)
- Ardent Settles Offshore Platform Workers’ Wage Claims for $2.3 Million By Anne Wallace (Mar-20-19)
- Jamba Juice Feels the Squeeze in California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Mar-11-19)
- Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million By Anne Wallace (Mar-4-19)
- California Misclassified Independent Contractors Settle for Employee Status—is it the Right Choice? By Jane Mundy (Mar-1-19)
- Trouble ahead for California trucker wage lawsuits? By Anne Wallace (Feb-7-19)
- The Labor Commissioner's Office Working California Overtime? By Jane Mundy (Feb-4-19)
- Underground Economy Keeping California’s Field Enforcers Busy By Jane Mundy (Jan-30-19)
- Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Named in Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jan-7-19)
- The New Year Rings in New Sexual Harassment Rules, Mainly Triggered by #MeTooMovement By Jane Mundy (Jan-4-19)
- “Face of Channel 4 News” Fired -- Too Old to be Female on TV By Anne Wallace (Dec-13-18)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Wage Theft Investigations at California Restaurants By Jane Mundy (Oct-8-18)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- SoCal Drywall Company Fined $1.9M for Wage Theft Violations By Lori Prapas (Aug-7-18)
- Flight Attendants Anticipate $60 Million Award for California Labor Law Violations By Lori Prapas (Jul-25-18)
- Truckers Hauling to Trial Against J.B. Hunt for Alleged Wage and Hour Violations By Lori Prapas (Jul-20-18)
- Intel to Shell Out $5M to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit By Lori Prapas (Jul-16-18)