Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik’s Founding Partner, Norman Blumenthal, Discusses The California Supreme Court’s Obligation To Narrowly Construe All Exemptions To California’s Labor Laws – Los Angeles Employment Law Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

by Norman B. Blumenthal on July 19, 2013

OaklandDUIIn an article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, Los Angeles employment lawyer Norman Blumenthal discussed the California Supreme Court’s obligation to narrowly construe all exemptions to California’s Labor Laws.  According to the Mr. Blumenthal’s article, "California's Department of Labor, due to budgetary constraints, does not have the resources to police and prosecute wage-and-hour violations.  To nevertheless allow for prosecution of violators, the Legislature passed the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), which allows private attorney generals deputized by the state to prosecute these claims.  If our [State] Supreme Court … denies the executive branch the right to enforce PAGA laws, employers will no longer fear prosecution for wage-and-hour violations."

Recently Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik, a Los Angeles employment law firm founded by Mr. Blumenthal, asked a judge to reconsider his order dismissing its PAGA complaint against Coca-Cola in light of the Brown decision.  In 2012, Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik filed a class action against Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Los Angeles alleging the company misclassified a group of warehouse supervisors as exempt from overtime pay, and that this misclassification also violated California's Private Attorney General Act (PAGA).  Michael Hopkins, et al. vs. Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Los Angeles, Case No. SACV 13-0103 (AG(RNBx), U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik is a California employment law firm with offices located in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The firm dedicates its practice to contingency fee employment law work for issues involving misclassification as a salaried worker exempt from overtime, failure to pay vacation wages, misclassification as an independent contractor, off-the-clock work, wrongful termination, discrimination and other California labor laws.  Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik can be contacted at (866) 771-7099.

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