San Francisco, CA: A somewhat unique wage and hour lawsuit that stemmed from what appeared to be an attempt at bartering is winding down with the preliminary approval of a settlement worth $1.65 million. The defendant, CorePower Yoga, denied any wrongdoing in the matter. A fairness hearing is scheduled for June, to determine whether final approval is warranted in the California wage and hour settlement.
Los Angeles, CA: A class action wage and hour donning and doffing lawsuit in Arkansas is not unlike similar lawsuits which have originated in California (Silva v. See’s Candy Shops Inc., Case No. D068136 in the Fourth Appellate District, Division One, in the Court of Appeal of the State of California) alleging employees have not been paid for all time spent working, and specifically time spent climbing into, and shedding uniforms and other related safety gear at the behest of the employer.
Los Angeles, CA: Getting into and out of work gear is a problematic area of labor law, especially if employees do not have control over how and when they carry out their donning and doffing duties. When putting on and taking off work gear adds 30 to 60 minutes to a shift—and could count as overtime—employees want to be paid for their time. Hence, donning and doffing lawsuits alleging dressing and undressing for work should be counted as compensable time.
Templeton, CA: Fifty-three nurses have filed administrative claims against Twin Cities Community Hospital, alleging they have been victims of California labor violations, which resulted in them not receiving their legally mandated breaks. An administrative claim is a step before a civil lawsuit, which could be filed depending on the outcome of the administrative claim.
San Francisco, CA: California's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that employer contracts preventing employees from filing class action lawsuits and requiring employees to file claims through separate proceedings are not enforceable. This means that employees who have signed arbitration clauses in their contracts and had their rights violated may be able to file a California labor lawsuit in situations they may not have been able to before. California labor lawsuits are frequently filed in relation to wage and hour violations, but some companies have moved to clauses requiring employees to file individual arbitrations to settle legal disputes.
San Mateo, CA: Yet another California based health care facility has been hit with a California wage and hour lawsuit, alleging that hourly employees have not been paid their correct overtime wages, nor have they been provided with rest breaks and meal periods in accordance with California labor law.
San Francisco, CA: A proposed class action wage and hour lawsuit by a former UberX driver is accusing the San Francisco-based company of failing to pay its drivers overtime. While plaintiff Jaswinder Singh hails from New Jersey, which is where the lawsuit was filed, the proposed class action becomes a California Wage and Hour lawsuit by default, by virtue of the California headquarters for Uber, and a proposed class action that could potentially benefit drivers from the Golden State.
Los Angeles, CA: You would be forgiven if West Covina Corporate Fitness is a name that doesn’t ring an immediate bell for you. But Gold’s Gym might. In actual fact, West Covina Corporate Fitness Inc. (WCCF) does business in California under the Gold’s Gym banner, a popular brand amongst fitness buffs and professionals who like to get a little sweat equity in before work or after leaving the office for the day. However, WCCF is currently facing a California Wage and Hour class-action lawsuit over the alleged exclusion of commission wages earned by fitness trainers from hourly rates for the purposes of computing overtime.
San Francisco, CA: It’s a fairly standard set of guidelines aimed at protecting health and well-being, together with maintaining and promoting fairness, for non-exempt California workers. So often, however, these basic tenets of employment are either set aside and ignored, or bypassed out of apathy or poor management.
Santa Clara, CA: It’s an interesting position: launch a proposed class-action lawsuit, and then write all about it. But that’s what Gabriel Thompson has done. Gabriel, writing in Slate Magazine (2/19/16), reveals that he is the lead plaintiff in a California wage and hour lawsuit against the entity contracted by Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara to provide food and beverage services to the Bay area stadium, which is home to the San Francisco 49ers and host of Super Bowl 50.