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.
If employees are required to stay at their workplace after they clock out in order to have their bags searched, should they be paid for that time? That's the question at the center of a lawsuit recently filed on July 25 in California by two former Apple employees. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for overtime and unpaid wages, claiming that they should have been paid for all the time they were subjected to bag screenings from their employer.
Under the wage and hour laws of California, employees are offered protections that independent contractors are not, including state-mandated breaks and overtime. One former doggy daycare worker is suing Love Dogs Camp for $142,000 in unpaid wages and penalties, alleging that she was classified as an independent contractor so her pay wouldn't be reported. The woman also claims that the company overworked and underpaid her because of her contractor status.
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.
When a California worker accepts a position, he or she often factors in the retirement benefits associated with the job in making that decision. Retirement planning is an important financial concern for all Americans, especially in times of economic hardship or recovery. Once an individual has embarked on a career path, he or she often relies on these retirement benefits in structuring other investment goals. A recently filed unpaid wages lawsuit focuses on the issue, and centers on whether the correct percentage of wages are placed into the pension plan for affected employees.
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.
Many California residents may have woken up in the middle of the night to take advantage of Black Friday sales before the big holiday shopping rush. However, such shopping can take a toll on workers who have to endure the crazy hours and stress that comes with running an establishment full of shoppers for extended hours. Such is the case for a group of security guards who worked at a local Walmart the night of Thanksgiving. They are now seeking unpaid wages from their security company.
Models are banding together in a class action lawsuit seeking compensation from some of the nation's top modeling firms. Although this lawsuit is occurring outside of California, it could encourage other models across the nation, including Los Angeles, to take up the same cause and pursue legal action. The class action lawsuit names Ford Models, Next Management and Wilhelmina among the defendants. Some ad agencies are also named.
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.