San Francisco, CA: Communications giant AT&T has been battling a compliance lawsuit for some time, defending itself against plaintiffs in a nationwide FLSA collective alleging AT&T misclassified them as independent contractors and thus, stiffed them out of overtime.
Los Angeles, CA: A former player representative with a sports agency who brought a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer has agreed to participate in arbitration instead after the defendant introduced a motion to compel arbitration. Plaintiff Joyce Li, in Court documents, said she would not oppose arbitration, and the motion was granted (Joyce Li v. Independent Sports & Entertainment LLC, Case No. BC660219, in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles).
San Francisco Bay, CA: A California wage and hour lawsuit alleging exotic dancers toiling in the Bay area were underpaid, has been settled after a US District Court Judge earlier this month granted her approval to the $5 million settlement.
San Diego, CA: A lawsuit that appeared to fly under the radar last year in spite of involving what is considered one of the largest corporations in the world, resulted in an order for Apple Inc. to pay $2 million to class participants in a class action lawsuit alleging missed meal breaks, rest periods and failure to pay employees in a timely manner. Meal breaks and rest periods are mandated by California law as a means to ensure employees are well rested and nourished, and not overcome by working too many hours at a time without pause for food and rest, potentially leading to an unsafe situation. The California Division of Labor Enforcement is one such branch of the California legislative authority mandating employers, small and large, to look out for the rights, and wellbeing of their employees.
Sacramento, CA: The undocumented worker in California, fearful of becoming ensnared in the grasp of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), would be cheered with the knowledge that new legislation aimed at additional protections has cleared the California legislature.
Los Angeles, CA: A defendant continuing to fight a damages award totaling $8.7 million in a California wrongful termination and harassment case appeared before a California appellate panel last month asking the Court to discard the award based on their claim that the trial judge prejudicially excluded evidence demonstrating legitimate, nondiscriminatory grounds for terminating the plaintiff from his job.
Sacramento, CA: The devastation to Texas, and in particular Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey together with the death and destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma serves as a reminder to all employers that hardship which follows such a disaster can trigger a request for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). And while California is not generally exposed to the ferocity of hurricanes, other disasters such as droughts and wildfires can lead to crises and hardship equally horrific.
Mountain View, CA: An administrative compliance lawsuit brought against Google Inc. by the US Department of Labor’s Office of the Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has fostered interest in a potential employee’s rights lawsuit on behalf of some 70 current and former employees of the search engine juggernaut alleging wage discrimination. The employees, all of whom are women, are reportedly pursuing a potential class action lawsuit.
Riverside, CA: Administrators of a retirement plan that invested in higher-cost funds than less-expensive funds on behalf of plan participants breached their fiduciary duties under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA, as amended 1974), or so it was alleged. Primary defendant Edison International will pay $7.5 million in damages in a settlement agreement that received judicial acceptance this past August 17.
Los Angeles, CA: A previously-negotiated California wage & hour settlement worth $3.5 million between clothier Ann Inc. and over 8,000 participants in a class action lawsuit was granted final approval earlier this month by a California Superior Court judge. The approval brings an end to litigation asserting unpaid wages and missed meal breaks.