Proposed $5M Settlement Could End Wage & Overtime Claims Against Intel

by Norman B. Blumenthal on July 25, 2018

blumenthal nordrehaug bhowmik de blouw llp, california employment law, california employment law attorneys, proposed settlement, violated california labor code, overtime claims, wage claims, wage and overtime claims, wage and overtime suit, wage and overtime lawsuit, wage and overtime, wage and overtime violations, wage violations, overtime violationsIntel Corp.’s $5 million deal to resolve wage and overtime claims received preliminary approval from a California state judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas E. Kuhnle. Plaintiffs in the case allege that the well-known tech giant both overworked and underpaid their Golden State employees. Prior to giving preliminary approval to the deal, the judge requested that the parties explain Intel’s seemingly lower percentage of hourly, nonexempt workers.

The judge started the end of week hearing by asking for an explanation from the parties involved in regard to the apparent low number of hourly employees in comparison to the overall number of workers at Intel. The motion for approval filed with the California court stated that the settlement class consisted of 3,018 individuals which includes both current and former nonexempt California Intel employees that worked for Intel anytime from Nov. 10, 2012 through April 19, 2018. The judge advised that he had googled Intel a little bit and discovered that Intel stated they currently had approximately 13,000 employees in the state of California. This left him surprised that the number of Intel workers employed during the six-year class period who were nonexempt totaled only 3,000.

Intel’s legal representation responded that the disproportionate number was due to the fact that the California sites for Intel were consisted largely of a “highly professional workforce.” They further assured the judge that they were thorough in providing every potential class member, with additional assurances that the majority of their nonexempt workforce was employed elsewhere outside of California, (i.e. Arizona or Oregon). The workers’ attorney also reassured the judge that extra measures were taken to ensure all eligible class members were identified for the case. Class members include hourly Intel workers that offered job duties in the following areas: clerical, janitorial, logistical support and/or administrative.

Plaintiff, Medina Asalati, a former administrative assistant at Intel, alleged in her motion for preliminary approval of the settlement that she was consistently on campus from 11 to 16 hours per day. Frequently she was there as late as 11pm, but she was only paid for 8 hours of work per day. She claimed that in her position and other similar positions at Intel, they worked in a very fast-paced, high demand environment where they were expected to provide a near-instantaneous response to demands and needs of their superiors and the company.

If you have been misclassified as exempt or if you are not paid overtime compensation you are due, please contact one of the experienced employment law attorneys at Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP.

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