The California Court of Appeal affirmed a 2017 trial verdict in favor of over 200 Restaurant workers against their employer Daily Grill Restaurant at the Westin LAX Hotel. The workers proved that Daily Grill violated the City of Los Angeles Airport Hotel Living Wage Ordinance by willfully refusing to pay its workers the required living wage from 2010 to 2014. In addition, the court found that those employees who had quit or were terminated were entitled to waiting time penalties equal to 30 days of wages. The Court of Appeal emphasized that an employer has a duty to investigate the proper rate owed to employees and that when an employer intentionally fails or refuses to pay employees who are discharged or quit all wages owed, waiting time penalties are mandatory and cannot be reduced by a trial court.
On January 17, 2017, HSR prevailed at trial on claims against the Daily Grill Restaurant, located at the Westin LAX, for failing to pay workers the required living wage for more than three years. As a result, class members have been paid $165,994 in back wages, and were awarded over $300,000 in prejudgment interest and waiting time penalties.
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On April 16, 2014, HSRR filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of employees of the Daily Grill restaurant who were unfairly shorted thousands of dollars over the past three years. The main plaintiffs are two servers and a busser whose loss from the wage violations comes to nearly $1000 per year per person.
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