Preliminary Approval Granted for $7.3 Million Settlement in Wage and Hour Case

September 22, 2017
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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

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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Overtime Wage Lawsuit Filed by Former Amazon Warehouse Manager

July 7, 2017
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Workers in Amazon warehouses pick, pack, and load orders in a workplace environment that has often been publicly described as “grueling.” And according to the plaintiff in a new overtime wage lawsuit against the major Internet retailer, the managers are pushed pretty hard, too! The overtime wages lawsuit was filed by Michael Ortiz. Ortiz is […]

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$12M Deal Reached in Clerks’ Wage Lawsuit Against Victoria’s Secret

July 5, 2017
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Everyone’s favorite lingerie retailer, Victoria’s Secret Stores LLC, recently agreed to pay $12 million to settle a proposed California class action alleging that the company was cheating their workers who were scheduled for “call-in” shifts out of reporting time pay. The suit wrapped up before the Ninth Circuit could rule on the case’s pending appeal. […]

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Key Changes Recommended for Uber After Sexist Culture Scandal

July 3, 2017
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Uber CEO’s resignation is all over the news, but before investors in the massive ride-sharing business forced his hand, former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was scheduled for a leave of absence for an unspecified period of time as a result of the recommendations made by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Uber hired former U.S. […]

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