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California Labor Law Violations Found Via Impromptu Inspections

Los Angeles, CA A sophisticated operation presumably designed to catch suspected violators off guard and to prevent word from spreading, has resulted in a series of citations worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in collective fines for violations under California labor law.

August 20, 2012

California Labor Law Settlement Worth $90 Million

Los Angeles, CA It may be split amongst 15,000 employees, but a $90 million settlement sounds impressive nonetheless. The California labor law case, originally filed in 2005 and elevated to class action status four years later, vindicates lead plaintiff Jennifer Augustus and thousands of her colleagues in a dispute against a security company based in New York, but with employees across the country including the state of California.

August 6, 2012

Recent Meal and Rest Break Decisions could result in California Overtime Lawsuits, says Attorney

San Francisco, CA Although the defense is claiming victory in the Brinker Restaurant v. Superior Court decision, California labor law plaintiffs’ attorney Leonard Emma believes wage and hour class actions based on meal and rest break violations remain viable and will proceed in the wake of Brinker.

June 11, 2012

Late Paycheck: California Labor Law Violation?

Ventura, CA Perry Floros believes that his employer, the US Postal Service, is violating the California labor law by not paying its employees on time. He has contacted the California Labor Board and the Department of Labor but still can’t get a definitive answer. Perry is hopeful that an experienced wage and hour attorney can advise him - is the US Postal Service violating the California labor code and labor laws nationwide?

May 28, 2012

Municipal Statute Does Not Violate California Labor Law: Ruling

Menlo Park, CA It's been an interesting journey in California labor law for both employees and taxpayers in one municipality in the state??"and that is the right for those paying the bills to have some input into the pension benefits of municipal employees.

May 21, 2012

California Labor Law: Last Word on the Lunch Break Lawsuit

Sacramento, CA The California Supreme Court finally handed down a unanimous decision on April 11, 2012, in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court, after more than three years. The court ruled on two important California labor law issues: what it means to "provide" a meal period and when a second meal period is due.

May 14, 2012

Workin' at the Car Wash Blues

Los Angeles, CA Anyone who recalls the goofy movie called Car Wash that came out in the 1970's will remember the funky, laid-back sense of fun that employees of the cinematic car wash were having. But of course, with anything Hollywood, more often than not what you see on screen is far from reality. And if California labor law is any indication, the state wants to keep the playing field real and fair for car wash employees.

March 19, 2012

For Those Who Violate California Labor Law, There's a New Sherriff in Town…

Oakland, CA Employers who chronically underpay and otherwise take their employees for a ride in deference to California labor law will have a new enemy in the fight for workers' rights, fairness and equality. To that end, the Labor Commissioner for the state of California has announced the launch of a Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) tasked with rooting out the evildoers and leveling the playing field.

March 5, 2012

In Attempting to Thwart Theft, Retailer Accused of Stealing Wages

Los Angeles, CA An alleged California labor law violation has landed a retailer in some potential hot water. Forever 21 is facing a class-action lawsuit on charges that it forced employees to work without compensation and that meal breaks were denied.

February 6, 2012

California Walmart Warehouse under Investigation Due to Alleged California Labor Law Violations

Washington, DC Investigators in the Golden State have discovered a number of alleged California labor law violations at a massive warehouse that handles Walmart products, officials from the state told the Huffington Post.

October 23, 2011
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