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Will Paid Sick Leave Spur California Labor Lawsuits?

Sacramento, CA Under the California labor law about 6.5 million Californians are - for the first time ever - entitled to paid sick leave. The Paid Sick Leave Law became effective July 1, 2015 and already some legal experts predict that lawsuits will follow.

July 27, 2015

California Labor Paid Sick Leave Laws Clarified, Still Complicated

Sacramento, CA While recent changes in California labor law relating to sick pay and paid time off for illness were designed as a help and support for California workers, implementing and maintaining those changes has served as a bit of a headache for employers.

July 20, 2015

Injury Risk Not Lost on Knott’s Plaintiff Who Now Suffers from Vision Problems

Buena Park, LA There are indeed two “T’s” in “Knott,” but a young California girl who suffers from double vision after hitting her head and breaking a bone above her right eye on an amusement park ride at Knott’s Berry Farm is seeing a lot more than double-T’s, as the result of an Amusement Park Accident.

July 14, 2015

California Cheerleaders Cheering Minimum Wage Legislation

Oakland, CA Following California labor lawsuits and lawsuits across the US alleging cheerleaders are denied minimum wage, proposed legislation has been forwarded to guarantee California cheerleaders are paid minimum wage, overtime and sick leave. The legislation was written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and sent to the governor in early July.

July 6, 2015

Respecting Caitlin Jenner and Her Community Under the Law

Sacramento, CA Our introduction this past week to Caitlin Jenner, as sensational as it may have been played out in the media, reminds us that with the modern realities of tolerance and equality, transgendering is anything but sensational and is increasingly accepted carte blanche as an aspect of the new normal. As a result, lawmakers have been grappling with updates of definitions and approaches to traditional bastions such as public and workplace washrooms.

June 6, 2015

Health Club to Settle California Employee Lawsuit

Hollywood, CA Equinox Holdings Inc. has agreed to pay up to $4 million to settle allegations that the company failed to provide proper overtime pay, meal and rest breaks for employees. Although that lawsuit has been tentatively settled, the company still faces allegations of violations of California overtime law, alleging it did not properly pay employees all required overtime pay. In 2014, the company paid $2.9 million to settle overtime wages and meal break violations.

March 12, 2015

Cheerleaders to Gain Under Proposed California Labor Law Bill

Sacramento, CA On the heels of perhaps the greatest spectacle in professional and broadcast sports, the Super Bowl, a California assemblywoman and onetime cheerleader wannabe has authored a bill hoping to improve protections under California labor code for cheerleaders.

February 2, 2015

California Labor Law: Settlement with Cheerleaders Announced

Oakland, CA A settlement has been announced in a California labor lawsuit involving the Oakland Raiderettes. The lawsuit, which must still be approved by the courts, has reportedly been settled for around $1.25 million. This settlement is the second victory linked to the lawsuit. In July, the Raiders reportedly announced a change to compensation for their Raiderettes cheerleaders.

The lawsuit was filed in January 2014 by Lacy T. and joined later by Sarah G., who alleged cheerleaders began their duties in April but were not paid until January, they were paid only $1,250 for the season - or approximately $5 an hour, which is less than minimum wage - and that they were not reimbursed for expenses incurred associated with their cheerleading roles.

The plaintiffs further alleged that they were charged fines and not given meal or rest breaks, and if they were benched during a game, they had to stay on the premises but were not paid for the day. Finally, they claimed they were required to attend many public appearances for which they were not paid.

“According to the Raiders’ policies and procedures, in the course of a season, each Raiderette is expected to make at least ten charitable appearances and one appearance for Oakland Raiders’ ticket sales, without any compensation,” court documents state. Plaintiffs argued that collectively, they make more than 300 appearances a year on the Raiders’ behalf, often with no guarantee of pay.

According to the Los Angeles Times (7/11/14), in July, the Oakland Raiders sent out a new contract that would pay their cheerleaders $9 an hour, plus overtime, which could amount to more than $3,000 for the full season. The contract also allows for the Raiderettes to be reimbursed for mandatory business expenses, and requires the cheerleaders to be paid twice a month rather than once at the end of the season.

In addition to the new contract, the Lacy T. lawsuit has reportedly been settled for around $1.25 million, the Los Angeles Times (9/4/14) reports. The settlement will cover approximately 90 cheerleaders who worked for the team from the 2010-2011 season and on. Cheerleaders who represented the team during the 2013-2014 season will receive $2,500 in back pay and penalties. The lead plaintiffs will both receive an additional $10,000.

Lawsuits have been filed by cheerleaders against other teams, including the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. A second lawsuit has also been filed against the Raiders by a different cheerleader. That lawsuit also names the NFL as a defendant.

September 8, 2014

Plot Thickens in Raiderette California Labor Lawsuit

Oakland, CA A California labor lawsuit brought by cheerleaders of the Oakland Raiders may have suffered a minor setback when the US Department of Labor (DOL) closed their investigation on grounds that football is “seasonal” and exempt from federal minimum-wage laws. However, there are no such exemptions observed by the state, and the lawsuit is expected to continue.

March 24, 2014

Second Cheerleader Joins California Labor Lawsuit

Oakland, CA In the month or so since a California labor lawsuit was filed against the Oakland Raiders, the lawsuit, alleging violations of California labor law, has already gained a second plaintiff, resulted in an investigation by the California Department of Labor and inspired a similar lawsuit in Cincinnati. The Raiders lawsuit, filed by a cheerleader on the Raiderette team, alleges cheerleaders are not paid minimum wage for their time spent working for the team.

February 17, 2014
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