HSRR is proud to announce that Virginia Keeny, a Partner at Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, has been named chairperson of the California Employment Lawyers Association. She recently served on the Executive Board at CELA and has been actively involved in the organization for over a decade. You can learn more about CELA here.
Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick currently represents a group of current and former employees of the Long Beach Hyatt Hotel. The employees allege that they were forced to start work before they clocked in, and coerced by management to work straight through their shifts without taking meal or rest breaks. The Plaintiffs, a group of Housekeepers, housemen, stewards, and other hotel employees, also allege that The Hyatt failed to pay them for all of their hours worked, failed to provide them and the Plaintiff Class meal and rest periods as required by the applicable California IWC Wage Orders, failed to pay them compensation required by the California Labor Code for missed meal and rest periods, and failed to comply with other legal requirements.
Dan Stormer, a founding Partner at Hadsell Stormer Keeny Richardson & Renick, has recently been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California by the American Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Stormer has received this honor in the past as well as countless awards and recognition for his tireless advocacy on behalf of Civil Rights. You can view many of his awards here.
Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick currently represents a statewide class of current and former employees of ABM Industries and AMPCO System Parking. AMPCO operates 680 parking facilities in California. The locations range from small and large retail complexes to airports, and consist of anywhere from 10 to more than 10,000 parking stalls. AMPCO employs approximately 3,500 hourly employees at these locations, including valets, attendants, cashiers, and maintenance workers. The employees allege that management at AMPCO systematically failed to pay its employees overtime compensation required by California law. The Plaintiffs also allege that Ampco failed to pay them for all of their hours worked, including failure to pay overtime compensation, failed to provide them and the meal and rest periods as required by the applicable California IWC Wage Orders, failed to pay them compensation required by the California Labor Code for missed meal and rest periods, failed to pay the statutory minimum wage, failed to keep accurate records as required by law, failed to pay employees who resigned or were terminated the wages due to them at the time they left their employment with Defendants, and failed to comply with other legal requirements. The Plaintiffs were routinely denied the ability to leave their posts to take their legally required meal and rest breaks, and in many cases were denied the ability to even use the rest room. Plaintiffs further allege that when hourly employees of Ampco requested breaks, they were consistently instructed by their supervisors that rest and meal breaks were not permitted if customers needed assistance and no other employee was available to relieve them. You can view the complaint here. Read more
Fifteen families received more than $4.5 million to settle a three-year-old habitability suit against the current and former landlords of an apartment building who allowed the property to fall into egregious disrepair. The $4.5 Million settlement reached was reached during mediation, and is one of the highest amounts paid to individual plaintiffs in a habitability suit in Los Angeles County history. Despite repeated complaints from the tenants and a multitude of citations by several government entities, the defendants failed to improve the conditions in the building, forcing tenants to live in horrible conditions. The lawsuit was first filed in July 2006, and is subject to a confidentiality clause that prohibits the firms from publicizing details including plaintiff and defendants names.
Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick currently represents employees in a class action lawsuit against Ziba Beauty Center, Inc. Ziba owns and operates twelve or more beauty salons in the greater Los Angeles area. The proposed class is made up of beauticians, threaders, and other employees who work in these salons. Ziba has many Hollywood stars among its clients. Plaintiffs allege, among other things, that Ziba Beauty Center failed to properly calculate and pay their employees overtime compensation as required by the California Labor Code, failed to provide meal and rest periods, failed to pay compensation required by the California Labor Code for missed meal and rest periods, failed to pay employees who resigned or were terminated the wages due to them at the time they left their employment, failed to properly calculate and pay the minimum wage as required by the Labor Code, and failed keep accurate records as required by law. Virginia Keeny is lead counsel. You can view the complaint here. Victory for HSRR! Court grants class certification.