Restaurant & Food Service News

Fast Food Joints Sizzling with California Labor Law Violations

San Diego, CA The summer is heating up and some fast food restaurants are sizzling with violations against California labor laws.

July 19, 2013

California Labor Law: Tip Pools Complex

Los Angeles, CA When it comes to California labor law and federal labor law, what a person’s job duties are is more important than their job title in determining how they are paid. Many a California labor lawsuit has alleged that an employee was misclassified as exempt from overtime pay based on a managerial job title, even if that employee regularly carried out non-managerial duties. When it comes to California state labor laws, tip pools can be just as complex.

June 26, 2013

California Labor Law: Bi-polar Cook Wants Just Desserts

Antelope, CA When you hear of someone being discriminated against and wrongfully terminated, it’s cause for concern, especially when it happens to be their very first job. That can leave a bad taste in your mouth - permanently. But Anthony had enough wherewithal to know his boss violated the California labor law.

May 31, 2013

ERISA Not Just About Protecting Investments

San Diego, CA While many people think the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) has to do with investments and

November 24, 2012

In-N-Out Burger Class Action Alleges Racial Discrimination in California

Irvine, CA While most complaints under California labor law pertain to prevailing wage law, denial of overtime or worker's compensation benefits, there remains the dark cloud of discrimination. The latter forms the basis of a class-action lawsuit filed recently against the In-N-Out Burger food chain, alleging discrimination due to age and ethnicity. The defendant, headquartered in Irvine, denies the accusations.

September 17, 2012

Safety Hazards Violation of California Labor Law

Los Angeles, CA When Jonathan complained to his boss at Chipotle - a chain of restaurants with about 1,200 locations and more than 30,000 employees - about unsafe working conditions, he was fired. The California labor law clearly states that it is illegal to discipline or terminate an employee who makes a complaint to his employer because of a refusal to enter an unsafe or dangerous workplace.

July 9, 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

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

California Labor Law Case Settled for $316,000

San Francisco, CA Eight California labor law cases that were filed to recover unpaid minimum wage and overtime pay were settled, as California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su secured a $316,000 award for the parties, according to a release from the state's department of industrial relations.

February 20, 2012

Panera Bread Settles California Labor Law Dispute

Contra Costa, CA In a recent regulatory filing, Panera Bread Co. said recently it has agreed to pay a $5 million settlement to resolve allegations of California labor law violations, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

November 28, 2011
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