Los Angeles, CA: A settlement reached between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various trucking companies which operate in the Los Angeles Basin will result in the payment of just over $201,000 in penalties for failure to comply with California state regulations governing the need to protect air quality in an area of the state that already has some of the worst air quality in the country. While it is not known if the settlement stemmed from a compliance lawsuit per se, the fact remains a handful of companies were found to have dropped the ball when it comes to air quality and compliance with state laws.
Mountain View, CA: Metaphors flew late last month during a California administrative compliance lawsuit hearing over an alleged refusal on the part of tech giant Google Inc. (Google) to comply with a mandated requirement by the US Department of Labor (DOL) to hand over documents and data with regard to a pay equity spot check.
Palo Alto, CA: A software company located in Silicon Valley that is also a sub-contractor to the federal government has agreed to terms of a settlement that puts an end to a compliance lawsuit brought by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) alleging the defendant, Palantir Technologies Inc. discriminated against job applicants of Asian descent.
San Francisco, CA: A Google employee has filed a California labor lawsuit alleging the company violates compliance laws by requiring employees to maintain illegal standards of confidentiality. Although companies are allowed to maintain confidential trade secrets, the employee alleges Google takes the secrecy too far and violates California labor laws in the process.
Los Angeles, CA: Even though the losing defendant in a California employee’s rights and compliance lawsuit felt they had scored a win nonetheless, attorneys for Wal-Mart have signaled their likely intention to appeal the $54-plus million verdict. The plaintiffs, who were asking for more and received less than anticipated in the jury award for the plaintiff’s side, indicated they would appeal as well.
San Francisco, CA: McDonald’s has settled a California compliance lawsuit alleging the company violated state labor laws by failing to properly pay overtime. As part of the settlement, the company will work with the owner of the franchise that faced the lawsuit to ensure it remains compliant with California labor laws.
Sacramento, CA: When it comes to California compliance overtime laws might be among the laws that are most widely violated. Employers are accused of misclassifying employees as exempt from California overtime, or just full-out failing to pay non-exempt workers for overtime hours. In some cases, workers aren't even eligible for overtime pay, or have different standards for paying overtime. One group of workers - farmworkers - could soon see that change.
Fremont, CA: A developing issue in the global automotive industry pertaining to labor law compliance appears to have its roots in California and, specifically, the Tesla automotive plant. A California labor law compliance lawsuit filed by an injured worker toiling for a subcontractor during a construction job at the Tesla plant is effectively reverberating around the globe.
Sacramento, CA: The Supreme Court of California has ruled that employees must be provided with seats if sitting does not interfere with the work they are doing. The decision came after a California employee lawsuit filed by workers at CVS and Chase Bank, who argued they were forced to stand on the job despite California law requiring access to seats where work reasonably permits sitting.
Santa Monica, CA: In an ongoing California compliance battle between the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) and TrueCar Inc. (TrueCar), the former continues to chase the latter in the courts over what the CNCDA feels is unlawful pricing, together with false and misleading advertising on the part of TrueCar, or so it is alleged.