Judge Gives the OK on Postmates’ $9M Misclassification Settlement

by Norman B. Blumenthal on October 16, 2017

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Preliminary approval was granted for Postmates Inc.’s $8.75 million settlement meant to resolve a proposed class action claiming the on-demand delivery service misclassified its couriers as independent contractors and did not provide the legally required minimum wage. In his order, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White, states that worker claims in the “gig economy” are […]

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Assistant Managers Reach $8M Deal in Petco Overtime Class Action

by Norman B. Blumenthal on October 9, 2017

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In the case against Petco, alleging they failed to pay assistant store managers for overtime hours, Petco Animal Supplies Inc. reached an $8 million preliminary settlement agreement that would resolve the wage-and-hour proposed class action. Erik Kellgren, lead plaintiff, is a former assistant store manager at Petco stores in Illinois employed from 2007 through October […]

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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle gave preliminary approval to Rock-Tenn Co.’s $8.5 million deal negotiated to resolve class action claims that the paper and packaging company denied over 800 California factory workers proper breaks, overtime and wages. The case has been in heavy litigation for five years. The judge noted that the […]

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A $7.3 million settlement was granted preliminary approval by a California federal judge, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller, for a class of sales representatives alleging Wyndham Worldwide Operations Inc. committed wage-and-hour violations. Judge Miller allowed the proposed settlement to move forward in order, in part, to fully satisfy claims from more than 2,000 vacation […]

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Judge Says Insurance Agents Are Not Independent Contractors

by Norman B. Blumenthal on September 11, 2017

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Close to 7,000 insurance agents certified as a class sought recompense for being misclassified as independent contractors by American Family Insurance Company. An Ohio federal judge ruled early August 2017 that they are in fact employees under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The judge stated that the company’s conduct showed a level of control […]

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$6 Million Wage Settlement Reached with Ecolab Sales Managers

August 30, 2017
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A $5.95 million settlement received final approval from a California federal judge. The settlement will be paid by Ecolab Inc. to a class of service managers who filed a complaint with allegations of misclassification. The judge did note that she would be cutting the attorneys’ fees bid down from the originally proposed $1.48 million, stating […]

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Update on the Jailhouse Lawsuit that Could Cost Fresno and Tulare Millions

August 18, 2017
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In recent news, a jailhouse lawsuit was reported that could cost Fresno and Tulare counties millions. Summary of the Case: Corizon Health is a health care contractor providing services for inmates in Fresno and Tulare counties. RNs working in these locations for Corizon are expected to work 12-hour days without overtime pay. According to plaintiff […]

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Fresno & Tulare Counties Facing Jailhouse Lawsuit that Could Cost Millions

August 16, 2017

A couple of Valley counties (Fresno and Tulare) are facing a jailhouse lawsuit that could end up costing them millions. According to registered nurses involved in the case, Corizon Health, heath care contractor, is breaking state employment law. Corizon Health took over as the Fresno County jail health care provider in 2014. They provide the […]

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Wage Class Action: Prudential Settles for $12.5 Million

August 9, 2017
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In regards to the class action claiming that Prudential Financial Inc.’s financial representatives were inappropriately docked pay for work expenses as well as going unpaid for overtime hours worked, the company requested that the federal court approve a $12.5 million settlement. In court documentation both parties stated that the settlement resulted after almost a year […]

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Overtime Suit Against Rite Aid Results in $5.5 Million Settlement for Managers

August 1, 2017
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As a long-running overtime lawsuit turned class and collective action against Rite Aid Corp. draws to a close, the company accused of shorting store managers on overtime pay for work performed while filling in for nonexempt employees will pay $5.5 million in accordance with a deal made in federal court. The settlement will clear allegations […]

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Do California Fast Food Workers Deserve Overtime Pay?

July 10, 2017
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The oft-repeated mantra of McDonald’s fast food workers back in 2014 was, “Every nickel, every dime! We deserve our overtime!” It’s a phrase that is now trending once again, but the crowd has expanded to include other fast food giants in the area: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Ministry of Taste LLC, and Red Dog Restaurant. All […]

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