On October 27, 2011, the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez granted plaintiffs' motion for class certification in a case brought by approximately six hundred Operators and Lab Workers who work at three ConocoPhillips petroleum refineries located in California. The workers, represented by Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick and Gilbert & Sackman, were required to work twelve hour shifts without being allowed to leave their units and subject to interruptions at any time, violating California's law against "on-duty" meal periods. Read the order here.
According to a lawsuit filed against it, Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC not only failed to hire Hispanic and black workers, but also retaliated against employees who spoke up about the alleged discrimination. The lawsuit was brought against the fishing and hunting gear retailer on Sept. 21 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The employment discrimination lawsuit charges have been denied by the company, which operates stores in 26 states, including California.
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