The vast majority of U.S. adults must work to put food on the table and provide for their families. Yet, for millions of Americans, unfair labor practices carried out by an employer rob them of protections afforded under wage and hour laws.
The California state labor commissioner is dedicated to ensuring that construction contractors who work on public works projects pay prevailing wages to their employees. Repayment of unpaid wages extends to not just subcontractors, but also the general contractors on a specific project. Recently, the California labor commissioner announced that a $225,000 settlement was successfully negotiated with Bobo Construction Inc.
California employees who don't receive their unpaid wages may be able to seek assistance through the courts. A restaurant in San Francisco has been hit with a $339,716 fine for unpaid wages, one of the largest settlements in 2012. The restaurant had many troubles and was the recipient of several citations issued against them concerning the unpaid money, overtime and for failing to provide itemized payroll statements for their 28 employees.
HSRR's Randy Renick and Cornelia Dai are featured speakers at Bridgeport's Annual Wage & Hour Conference taking place December 13-14, 2012. This two-day program brings together leading practitioners to explore and explain in-depth the critical aspects of Wage & Hour litigation. This year's program will focus on the ever-increasing use of PAGA in wage and hour litigation; key developments in the case law interpreting the white-collar exemptions, the enforcement of arbitration agreements and the rules for settling class claims; and increased and coordinated efforts by government agencies to enforce the wage and hour laws. The program will also explore the unique challenges associated with trying wage and hour claims on a class and individual basis with practitioners who have actually tried such cases in court. This well-balanced program offers the perspective of California's leading experienced litigators, as well as government regulators and in-house counsel. More information and registration information can be found at http://bridgeportce.com/bridgeport/index.php/upcoming-programs/8-up-coming-programs/9-wage-hour-los-angeles.
On October 4, 2012, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP filed suit against the owners and operators of the Holiday Inn LAX Hotel on behalf of the hourly workers, including housekeepers and servers. In the Complaint (viewable here - Complaint.10.4.12-Holiday Inn.pdf), the Plaintiffs allege that they were denied pay, overtime, meal and rest breaks in violation of the California Labor Code. In addition, they allege that the Hotel refused to reimburse them for equipment and materials they were required to buy to perform their jobs and that the Holiday Inn LAX failed to pay the Living Wage as required by the City of Los Angeles. If you have any questions about the lawsuit, please contact partners Randy Renick or Cornelia Dai.
Large distribution centers help receive and sort goods that are sent all across the United States for hundreds of companies, including some of the nation's most recognizable brands. These distributions centers which are located just east of Los Angeles are also rampant with illegal labor practices according to a federal lawsuit. They move millions of dollars in goods each year, but it appears they pay their employees very little.
Car wash workers in Los Angeles might soon see improved working conditions. What was once a sparkling industry in Los Angeles has turned into an industry plagued by hazardous working conditions and pay below the minimum wage. Many of the car wash workers are repeatedly exposed to chemical hazards and long hours with very little pay, many going without lunch breaks.