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Court: Grocery Worker Regulation Does Not Violate California Labor Law

Los Angeles, CA The California Supreme Court recently ruled that a city law that strives to protect grocery workers in the state is not a violation of California labor code, reports The Associated Press.

July 25, 2011

California Labor Law Violations: Last-Day Pay and More…

Colton, CA Michelle put up with a lot at her job but stuck it out hoping that she would get promoted with better pay. She was promised $10 per hour but was paid minimum wage ($8 per hour according to California labor law); she worked through lunch without overtime pay and sometimes worked more than 12 hours per shift without receiving double-time compensation. But getting fired without just cause and not yet receiving her final paycheck was the last straw. It was time to call an employment attorney.

May 3, 2011

California Labor Law: C&S Grocers Class Action—Again

Sacramento, CA A recent (February 2011) C&S Wholesale Grocers class-action lawsuit claims that the giant grocery chain deliberately cheated its workers to avoid paying overtime, and violated a number of other California labor laws. If you were employed by C&S Wholesale Grocers during the past four years or work for any company that has refused to pay overtime, and believe your California labor rights to overtime pay have been violated, read on...

March 2, 2011

Was Worker's Death Due to Ignorance of California Labor Laws?

San Francisco, CA The very premise of California labor law dictates a number of assumptions: that workers will be paid fairly, that they will be properly trained, and that they ultimately have a safe environment in which to work. The latter tenet appears to have been lacking in 2008 when a young mother met a horrible death at a California printing plant.

November 1, 2010

California Overtime: Threatened and Harassed

San Diego, CA "I worked at a restaurant where the managers consider tips to be our overtime," says Cheryl. "We didn't get any breaks, nor were we allowed to bring food on the premises from another eatery. When I complained to my manager that they were violating the California labor law, I was laid off. Now my lawyer is filing a lawsuit against them."

June 29, 2010

Discrimination against a Senior Black Woman: a California Labor Law Violation

Pasadena, CA "It's not just about me," says Florene, 75. "There are lots of people who are discriminated against by Sodexo. My reason to file a complaint is to add my voice, because if people don't, this kind of behavior will continue. How can companies in the 21st century act this way?" Florene is not alone in claiming that Sodexo violated California labor laws.

May 25, 2010

California Labor Law: Pause for Pregnancy

San Mateo, CA Federal laws regarding pregnancy discrimination have changed since 1992, thus making it easier to bring cases to trial, but pregnancy bias claims are growing: in 2006, almost 5,000 pregnancy discrimination complaints were filed with the US Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Pregnancy discrimination is a violation of the California Labor Law, and "strikes its victims at a time when they are quite vulnerable," said Joan Ehrlich, EEOC's San Francisco district director.

September 8, 2008

California Labor Law: Caution: Pregnant Women at Work

Paradise, CA The following accounts are about two pregnant women: Nancy refused to work around toxic chemicals and after much bickering and paperwork back and forth, she is still at working at the pizza parlor, on her terms. Tiffany wasn't so fortunate and believes she was fired because her employer didn't want her to take maternity leave and rehire her. She was unfairly discriminated against, which is contrary to the California labor law.

July 21, 2008

Worker Denied Tips Contrary to California Labor Law

San Diego, CA: All the service staff at the restaurant where Tuyen worked pooled their tips in the 'tip box' and the money was divided equally amongst all employees, including the hostesses and busboys, and the manager, at the end of the week. But when Tuyen gave her notice and asked for her share, her employer denied her any tip money??"two violations against the California labor law.

July 15, 2008

California Labor Law: Discriminated Against and Dismissed

Sacramento, CA Not only was Violeta wrongfully terminated; she was treated like a criminal and fired in the company's parking lot. "I am 57 years old and a Fillipino woman??"this new boss is bringing in students in their early 20s who work on call," says Violeta. He may be saving money for the company but it cost Violeta her livelihood.

May 10, 2008
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