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July 1, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Aldi, Inc. Settles California Overtime Lawsuit ]
Los Angeles, CA Jeree Gant filed a class action lawsuit against Aldi, Inc., claiming that the grocery chain failed to pay her for all the hours she worked between October 2017 and May 2018. The other allegations under the California labor code concerning meal breaks, rest breaks and wage statements follow from that central claim. Aldi has now offered to settle the claims of what might ultimately have been thousands of California plaintiffs for $2 million.
June 25, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Biden Backs Assembly Bill 5; Opposes Measure to Exempt App-Based Drivers ]
Sacramento, CA Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has announced that he opposes a November 3 ballot initiative that would permit companies like Uber and DoorDash to continue to classify drivers as independent contractors. If approved, the measure would override AB 5 with respect to app-based drivers. These drivers could, as a result, be classified as independent contractors not protected by the wage and hour provisions of the California Labor Code.
June 19, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California AG Pressures Walmart to Protect Vulnerable Employees ]
Sacramento, CA California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a coalition of 12 attorneys general in a letter that calls on Walmart to improve its efforts to protect workers and the public during COVID-19. Lawyers have anticipated a surge in California labor lawsuits arising from employer failures to adequately protect essential workers.
June 15, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Ninth Circuit: Workers Must be Paid for Call-in Shifts ]
San Francisco, CA In Herrera v. Zumiez, Inc., the Ninth Circuit affirmed that, under Wage Order No. 7 and the California Labor Code, workers must be paid if they are required to call in prior to a scheduled shift to determine whether they should actually come to work. The ruling, which follows the Court of Appeal’s reasoning in Ward v. Tilly’s Inc., involves some fine legal dicing of the phrase “report for work.” Herrera’s class action lawsuit may take on additional significance as financially strapped California employers search for ways to shave employee costs.
June 11, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Safeway and McDonalds Coronavirus Safety Lawsuit ]
Tracy, CA Pedro Zuniga and at least 51 other Safeway workers contracted the coronavirus in “dangerous and hazardous conditions” at the company’s warehouse but they were not given personal protective equipment nor did they social distance. Instead, they were forced to work in close quarters and deterred by their employer from calling in sick. Mr. Zuniga died and his widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit. McDonald’s employees also filed a class action lawsuit for similar reasons under California labor law, but they aren’t seeking financial compensation.
May 31, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Truckers Fight Against Bill AB5, No Backup from Teamsters or State of California ]
Santa Clara, CA Uber and other gig-based companies aren’t the only ones battling California labor law Assembly Bill 5. Late last year, the Western States Trucking Association and the California Trucking Association also filed lawsuits challenging AB5 and its “ABC test”, which has now been challenged by the state and the Teamsters.
May 25, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California McDonald’s Workers Cite COVID-19 Safety Issues ]
Los Angeles, CA McDonald’s workers filed complaints under the Private Attorney Generals Act (PAGA) claiming that the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety’s failure to address COVID-19 workplace safety issues has put workers in “imminent danger.” McDonald’s now has less than a month to correct violations of the California Labor Code. Thereafter, either the state or workers can sue the fast-food giant.
May 19, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ The Gig Economy v. Assembly Bill 5 ]
San Jose, CA When the Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) was signed in September 2019, Uber and Lyft said they'd sponsor a ballot initiative to take the issue to California voters in November 2020. To date, over $110 million has been raised and more than a million signatures collected to sponsor the initiative known as the "Protect App-Based Drivers and Services Act", which could exempt some companies from AB5 written into the California labor law. Labor and employment lawyer Michael Warren with the McManis Faulkner law firm says Uber and others will need more than money and signatures.
May 15, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ California Sues Uber and Lyft ]
San Francisco, CA On May 5, Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit on behalf of the State of California alleging that Uber and Lyft have misclassified on-demand drivers as independent contractors in violation of the California Labor Code, Wage Orders and Unemployment Compensation laws.
Some California Food Workers Choose between COVID-19 exposure or lost wages—will worker safety lawsuits follow?
May 12, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Some California Food Workers Choose between COVID-19 exposure or lost wages—will worker safety lawsuits follow? ]
Sacramento, CA Food sector workers are mostly front-line workers. From farmers to food processors to grocery store clerks, they continue to work to ensure the state’s 40 million residents have enough food during this crisis. And they continue to work even when co-workers have tested positive for COVID-19. If not, they could get fired, despite a new California labor order that provides sick leave for full-time workers exposed to the virus. Are worker safety lawsuits on the horizon?
- 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)
- Unconscionable Arbitration Agreements; Less than Candid Lawyers By Anne Wallace (Nov-26-19)
- Disney’s Overtime Deal By Jane Mundy (Nov-25-19)
- California Assembly Bill 5 in for a Bumpy Ride with Truckers By Jane Mundy (Nov-20-19)
- T-Mobile Retail Workers Reach Wage Deal under California Labor Law By Jane Mundy (Nov-8-19)
- Delta Settles Overtime Lawsuit for $3.5 Million By Anne Wallace (Nov-6-19)
- Halliburton Settles California Labor Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Oct-24-19)
- Southwest Airlines Pilots Get $18.8 Million Settlement By Anne Wallace (Oct-23-19)
- College Athletes: Fair Pay to Play Act By Anne Wallace (Oct-22-19)
- Plaintiffs Cry Foul over $10.2 Million Morgan Stanley Settlement Offer By Anne Wallace (Oct-3-19)
- Diamonds and Wage Theft By Anne Wallace (Sep-25-19)
- California In-Home Supportive Services Workers get New Wage Protections under Federal Law By Anne Wallace (Sep-9-19)
- California Labor Lawsuit Targets Meal Break Violations By Anne Wallace (Aug-21-19)
- Uber to Settle Class Action Contract Lawsuit for $395,000 By Anne Wallace (Aug-5-19)
- Women’s Soccer Team California Discrimination Lawsuits Trigger Athletics Fair Pay Act By Jane Mundy (Jul-19-19)
- Comcast and O.C. Communications California Wage and Hour Settlement Finally Reached By Jane Mundy (Jul-8-19)
- New FLSA Interpretation Would Limit Worker Wage Lawsuits By Anne Wallace (Jul-5-19)
- California Labor Bill AB5 has ride-hailing companies collaborating rather than competing – and waiting on CA Senate vote By Jane Mundy (Jun-24-19)