In May 2016, HSR and McCracken, Stemerman & Holsberry, LLP filed a complaint on behalf of Salvador Rojas Diaz, Mirna Saavedra, Maria Galvez, Francisco Romero, Epigmenio Roman Cabrera, Jose Luis Corral, and Franklin R. Montoya against Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. The complaint alleged numerous wage and hour violations, including failure to pay workers the minimum wage mandated by Los Angeles' Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance and failure to provide meal and rest periods. Sofitel Los Angeles is a luxurious four-star hotel in Beverly Hills and prides itself on being one of the largest hotel operators in the world.
HSR Partner Randy Renick will be on 89.3 KPCC today at noon to discuss the recent federal court ruling barring business from forcing waiters, bartenders and other staff to split tips with back-of-house employees such as bussers, cooks, and dishwashers.
After ten years of hard-fought litigation, HSR Partners Randy Renick and Cornelia Dai reached a $7.8 million settlement for wage-and-hour claims against Chinese Daily News. Representing 200 hourly employees, Plaintiffs' sought damages against Chinese Daily News for unpaid overtime, failure to provide rest and meal breaks, wage statement violations, and waiting time violations.
In the LA Times:
Unpaid wages are a concern all over the United States, not just here in California. While learning more about the wage and hour concerns of workers in other areas will not solve California's wage and hour law issues, it does help shed light on the fact that employment law issues are a widespread problem. For employees in California, recognizing and understanding wage and hour laws may help prevent stress when addressing unpaid wages.
The Pasadena Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section has organized a distinguished panel of labor and employment lawyers to discuss the state of wage and hour law in California on Tuesday July 10, 2012. HSRR's Randy Renick has been invited to serve as one of three featured panelists who will discuss the long-awaited Brinker case and the implications of the decision on litigation of wage and hour cases.
The Hilton Los Angeles Airport has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a class of current and former employees who claimed they were not paid properly for the time spent performing required activities prior to beginning work, improperly denied meal breaks, and prevented from taking lawful rest periods.
Imagine working hard to make ends meet, and not getting paid even the minimum amount of money required by law. California wage and hour laws are in place to prevent employers from abusing their workers and to provide an opportunity to employees to earn a fair wage. Last week, eight car wash companies in California agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging the companies failed to pay employees minimum wage, overtime wages, and wages owed after employees quit or were fired.
Employees got a boost this week in their right to file claims against their employers. The National Labor Relations Board said that under the historic National Labor Relations Act of 1935, employees are able to use litigation collectively to resolve grievances. Brought to the Board by through a wage and hour laws dispute, this decision will likely upset companies across the country because it provides more legal options for employees to resolve employment disputes.
Hadsell Stormer Richardson and Renick LLP recently helped Hotel workers achieve justice at an HEI Hotels & Resorts operated hotel - Embassy Suites Irvine. In eight hearings over the Summer of 2011 before the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (also known as the "Labor Commissioner"), the operators of the Embassy Suites Irvine were found to owe eight current and former HEI employees between $4907 and $6764 for violations of the California Labor Code.