Class Action Overtime Lawsuit Filed by Former Sansum Clinic Employee

December 30, 2015
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Diane Pizzi, a former Sansum Clinic employee, filed a class action overtime lawsuit. As an hourly employee, Pizzi claims that the Santa Barbara clinic manager created false records in order to avoid the payment of overtime. She also claims the falsified records supported the manager’s refusal to provide mandatory lunch breaks (according to California labor […]

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Apple Inc. and Amazon Now: One Suit Dismissed & Another Begins

December 23, 2015
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A San Francisco, California judge recently dismissed plaintiffs’ overtime pay claims against Apple, Inc. The plaintiffs in the case claimed that they were denied overtime pay for the time they were required to spend waiting in line to have their bags checked (including for breaks and at the end of their shifts). For full time […]

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Skywest Overtime Pay and Wage Class Action Lawsuit

December 16, 2015
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The City of Los Angeles passed a living wage ordinance that resulted in headaches for many employers. It also provided the opportunity for a number of potential plaintiffs to consider taking their employers to court for failing to provide said living wage (including overtime pay) that is required according to the new living wage ordinance […]

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California Law: New “Equal Pay Act” Effective January 2016

December 9, 2015
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The strict new California Fair Pay Act will soon become effective: January 1, 2016. California employers will be subject to what is being called the strictest and most aggressive equal pay law in the entire United States. Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act (“Act”), Senate Bill 35, in October 2015. The new […]

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Understanding California’s “Fair Pay Act”

December 4, 2015
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The California Fair Pay Act (SB358) is designed to provide strength to the state of California’s equal pay laws. It is supposed to accomplish this by eliminating loopholes that may prevent the effective enforcement of the law and by empowering employees with the ability to discuss pay rates without fear of workplace retaliation. The new […]

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Vast Expansion of the Definition of a Joint Employer

December 2, 2015
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The National Labor Relations Board recently vastly expanded the definition of a joint employer, making it possible for companies who use temporary staffing agencies to be summoned to the bargaining table by the contracted out employees. In a recent case, the Board had to consider the current standard for joint employer status according to the […]

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Lawsuit News: Should VW Have to Buy Back Emissions Cheating Diesels?

November 30, 2015
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Owners of Volkswagen diesel vehicles throughout California are shocked by the most recent scandal in the industry: VW’s emissions-test rigging. The extensive nature of the scandal may even leave vehicle owners with a chance of getting Volkswagen to buy back the “rigged” cars. Los Angeles federal court has already seen a class action lawsuit filed […]

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In the News: Volkswagen Recall Class Action Lawsuit

November 25, 2015
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As a general rule of thumb, a vehicle being sold as a “clean diesel” car in the US offers drivers more miles per gallon, decreased operation costs, and greater range between fill-ups. These practical benefits come paired with the excitement of a turbo engine. The commonly known disadvantage: high emissions of pollution. VW sold many […]

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Lawsuit Alleges Staples Misclassified Managers to Avoid OT Pay

October 27, 2015
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One of Staples, Inc.’s general managers, Fred Wesson, filed a putative class action suit against the huge office supply chain last month, including claims that the company purposefully stiffed supervisors on OT pay and mandatory breaks. Wesson worked as a general manager at a number of different Stapled stores in the Los Angeles area. He […]

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California Overtime Pay Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against ULTA

October 23, 2015
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ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. has been hit with an overtime pay class action lawsuit. Allegations included claims that the store managers and salon managers both classified as exempt from overtime (according to California state labor code). They claim this is a misclassification as most of their tasks are non-managerial. The suit includes allegations […]

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Uber’s Misclassification Issue Led to a California Class Action

October 21, 2015
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Drivers previously working for Uber ride-hailing service filed a lawsuit in 2013 that has recently been certified as a California class action. In the original lawsuit, Uber drivers alleged that they were misclassified employees. They claimed that Uber should provide compensation/reimbursement for vehicle expenses as their “employer.” Class action lawsuits can be effective at providing […]

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