Employment Attorney Norman Blumenthal: “It is Felony Stupid for Workers to not Vote their Pocketbooks in Elections” – Los Angeles Employment Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik Appears on CNN “Money for Lunch”

by Norman B. Blumenthal on July 5, 2013

DCF 1.0By a vote of 223-204, the House of Representatives recently passed a bill to change how workers are paid overtime pay.  Under The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013, workers could work an extra 160 hours per year but not get paid.  Essentially, the workers would make an interest free loan to the company and in return, receive a chit for comp time.  The use of the comp time, totally at the employer’s discretion, would be paid at regular pay rates, not overtime!!

It is felony stupid that any worker voted for the Representatives, all Republicans, who voted for this bill!

Workers should not have to work an extra month a year to benefit their employer and the company’s shareholders.  Workers need to vote with THEIR pocketbooks.  Workers need to vote for the money because it gives full employment which means more jobs and in turn higher wages.  The math is simple, if there are more jobs than workers, workers will be paid more to work.

A key case on how employers can shaft workers from their overtime pay is the Keenan case,  a lawsuit filed by Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik.  Anne Marie Gentile worked for Keenan & Associates as a claims adjuster/examiner.  To deny her overtime pay, Keenan classified her job as administrative which is exempt from the overtime pay laws of the Fair Labor Standards Act and California Labor Law.  A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michelle R. Rosenblatt did not buy Keenan’s arguments that claims adjusters/examiners are administrative personnel.  Keenan’s motion for summary judgment was denied and the case continues forward.  Los Angeles Superior Court for the State of California, Case No. BC471005.

Listen to the entire interview here.   Norman Blumenthal 06-10-13

Money for Lunch, hosted by Bert Martinez, airs on CNN radio in Houston and features influential people from the business and nonprofit world.

Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik is an experienced 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.

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Bogin, Munns & Munns July 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm

This is definitely a vote not in favor of the workers, but I am wondering if there is more to the story.

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