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Last year Postmates reached a settlement agreement with their couriers over allegations that the food-delivery service was incorrectly classifying delivery drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. In a letter to the couriers it became evident that there was one final catch. The amount of “settlement” drivers receive depends on their location – where they […]

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Overtime Claims Result in $8.3M Deal for JPMorgan Workers

by Norman B. Blumenthal on February 5, 2018

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The well-known JPMorgan & Chase Co. financial institution is expected to cough up $8.3 million in order to end a proposed class action that had assistant bank managers alleging that they were misclassified as overtime-exempt. According to the deal proposed earlier in January 2018, the agreed upon amount would cover approximately $2.8 million in attorneys’ […]

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Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Google Going Nowhere?

by Norman B. Blumenthal on January 22, 2018

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In recent news, Google scored a win when a California state judge sided with them by dismissing class action claims accusing the company of paying female workers less than male workers as well as offering them less opportunity for promotion in the company. It was a huge win for Google. Superior Court Judge Mary Wiss […]

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Firefighters Out of Hermosa Beach Sue for Overtime Compensation

by Norman B. Blumenthal on January 15, 2018

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A group of thirteen firefighters are suing the city of Hermosa Beach alleging wage and hour and overtime violations. The firefighters are seeking compensation they are allegedly owed, double the damages for a period of three years, interest and legal fees. The overtime lawsuit was filed in the midst of contractual negotiations between the Hermosa […]

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Flight Attendant Wage Suit Results in $1.9M Deal

by Norman B. Blumenthal on January 8, 2018

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In early December, three flight attendants asked a federal court for preliminary approval of Cathay Airways Pacific Ltd.’s $1.9 million deal. The deal would resolve litigation alleging Hong Kong Air was in violation of a number of California wage and hour laws. Crew members involved in the litigation were: Margaret Tumampos, Jonathan Lam, and Connie […]

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Rest Breaks for Workers: California Amazon Warehouses Face Potential Class Action

January 2, 2018
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A potential class action in California alleges that Amazon.com’s California warehouse operation fails to provide workers at various fulfillment centers with required rest breaks and overtime pay  on shifts that are over 10 hours. Romeo Palma, plaintiff, works for Golden State FC LLC. This business entity operates a number of different fulfillment centers in the […]

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Overtime Pay Class Action Lawsuit Against Phoenix Warehouse of California

December 27, 2017
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Approximately 1,500 workers employed by the Phoenix Warehouse of California between 2009 and 2016 allege that they were expected to work eight to 12 hours per day without any meal or rest breaks and without overtime pay as required by law. Plaintiffs describe their work environment as rancid. Workers, mostly Latino who only spoke Spanish, […]

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Will Phillips 66’s $5.5M Wage Deal Receive Approval?

December 20, 2017
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On Tuesday a California federal judge game preliminary approval for Phillips 66’s $5.5 million settlement. If offered final approval, the settlement will resolve a putative class action alleging the energy company shorted refinery operators’ pay in violation of wage and hour statutes. When offering preliminary approval, the judge did require the parties to adjust the […]

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Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit: Northrop Grumman Settles

December 13, 2017
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On September 9, 2016, a number of plan participants filed a putative class action against Northrop Grumman Corporation alleging that Committees holding fiduciary responsibility violated their fiduciary duties to operate the plan solely in the interest of the plan participants. Plaintiffs allege that heads of departments to be paid from Plan assets were placed in […]

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Were Thousands of Truck Drivers Misclassified by CR England?

December 4, 2017
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Thousands of truck drivers filed suit claiming that CR England (CRE) misclassified them as independent contractors rather than employees in order to avoid costs associated with retirement, health and other miscellaneous benefits. The suit was filed on October 12, 2017 and claims that the company has been refusing benefits to some of its drivers for […]

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AT&T’s $2.75 Million Settlement for Overtime Wages Owed

November 21, 2017
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Tentative approval was granted for a $2.75 million nationwide settlement for approximately 400 AT&T employees that functioned in the capacity of teachers/trainers for the major phone and wireless company’s field workers. Workers alleged they were denied overtime compensation due to the fact that AT&T classified them as “managers.” The federal judge who granted tentative approval […]

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