Wage & Hour Litigation

Experienced Wage & Hour Litigators

Some of our firm’s hardest-fought and most notable victories have benefited hourly workers who were systematically denied full, fair compensation and basic workplace rights. Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP has filed class action lawsuits against some of the largest retail chains, service companies, major industrial corporations, and entertainment and media companies, forcing them to settle or pay following trial for engaging in unfair, illegal labor practices.

If you believe you are not being paid all of the wages to which you are entitled and/or have been subjected to illegal working conditions, we can help you.

Common Wage & Hour Violations

Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP has helped workers all over California to address a wide range of wage and hour violations, including the following:

  • Misclassification: Many claims involving unpaid wages and other forms of unfair treatment in the workplace start with a business entity’s incorrect classification of a worker’s job position or employment classification—known as employee misclassification. It is a common misconception that the job title or the manner of payment determines a worker’s employment classification. On the contrary, it typically comes down to the worker’s actual job duties and/or who controls how the work is performed.
  • Unpaid Wages: If your employer fails to compensate you for all the time you have worked, then you have the right to file a lawsuit for the non-payment of wages and/or failure to pay minimum wage.
  • Unpaid Overtime: In California, employers generally must pay non-exempt employees 1.5 times their regular rate of pay if they work more than eight hours in a day or more than 40 hours in a workweek, and pay double their regular rate of pay if they work more than 12 hours in a day or in excess of eight on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek.
  • Meal and Rest Breaks: In California, employers generally must provide an unpaid 30-minute meal break if a non-exempt employee works more than five hours and a paid 10-minute rest break every four hours of work or major portion thereof. Employees must be relieved of all duties and employer control during meal and rest breaks.

Victories in Wage & Hour Class Actions

Our wage-and-hour litigators have championed the causes of many groups of workers across a multitude of industries and obtained sizeable settlements and verdicts.

Notable cases include the following:

  • Wang v. Chinese Daily News (United States District Court, Central District, Case No. CV-04-1498 CBM, 2015).
    In one of the largest and most significant class action matters to go to trial in California, our attorneys obtained a verdict of $5,200,000, following a jury and bench trial, in action brought by hourly newspaper employees against Chinese Daily News for claims of unpaid overtime and other wage and hour violations. Link to opinion for Wang v. Chinese Daily News, Inc. (9th Cir. 2010) 623 F.3d 743.).
  • Diaz v. Grill Concepts Services, Inc., dba Daily Grill (Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC 542720, 2018).
    In another precedent setting matter that went to trial, our attorneys obtained a verdict of $864,756.84 in an action to recover back wages, interest and waiting time penalties against hotel restaurant under the City of Los Angeles’ Airport Hotel Living Wage Ordinance. The judgment was affirmed on appeal. Diaz v. Grill Concepts Services, Inc. (2018) 23 Cal.App.5th 859 (link).
  • Flores v. Albertsons, Inc (United States District Court, Central District, Case No. 2:01-cv-00515, 2005).
    We obtained a $22,400,000 settlement in a significant and complex action brought on behalf of janitors against three major supermarket chains in California – Albertsons, Ralphs, and Safeway (Vons) for failure to pay the state minimum wage or the required premium for overtime.
  • Craig, et al. v. Corteva, Inc., et al. (United States District Court, Northern District, Case No. 3:17-cv-07923, 2021).
    $3,900,000 settlement preliminarily approved in 2021 in action brought by hourly employees against Dow Agrosciences, LLC, and the Dow Chemical Co. The Plaintiffs alleged violations of California’s wage and hour laws, including the failure to provide duty-free meal and rest periods.
  • Class Action Against Major Energy Company (2021).
    Our firm obtained a $15,250,000 settlement in 2021 on behalf of hourly shift workers against a California oil refinery. The Plaintiffs alleged violations of California’s wage and hour laws, including the failure to provide rest breaks and accurate wage statements. The settlement was one of the largest in the state in 2021.
  • Class Action Against Major Energy Company (2020).
    $17,375,000 settlement in 2020 in action brought by oil field and refinery operators against major energy company. The Plaintiffs alleged violations of California’s wage and hour laws, including the failure to provide rest breaks and accurate wage statements. The settlement was the fourth largest class action settlement in California in 2020.
  • Hoang, et al. v. Gdlele Corp, et al. (Orange County Superior Court, Case No. 30-2015-00770823, 2019).
    Orange County Superior Court. Lawsuit filed on behalf of four Vietnamese nail salon workers alleging unlawful wage and hour practices, such as wage fraud and missed meal and rest breaks. The parties reached a monetary settlement in 2019.
  • USW v. ConocoPhillips (United States District Court, Central District, Case No. CV08-2068, 2013).
    Our attorneys obtained a $15,500,000 settlement in action brought by refinery workers against ConocoPhillips after having summary judgment reversed by the Ninth Circuit. The Plaintiffs alleged the failure to provide meal periods as required by California law.
  • Kendig, et al. v. ExxonMobil Oil Corp, et al. (United States District Court, Central District, Case No. 2:18-cv-9224, 2020).
    $4,391,585 settlement in 2020 in action brought by refinery operators against ExxonMobil. The Plaintiffs alleged violation of California’s wage and hour laws, including the failure to provide rest breaks and accurate wage statements.
  • Aguilar v. Flying Food Group Pacific, Inc (Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC 553539, 2018).
    $4,150,000 settlement in action brought by employees against Flying Food Group Pacific, Inc. The settlement for claims of unpaid overtime and other wage and hour violations was the 8th largest Labor and Employment Settlement in California for the year.
  • Berlanga, et al. v. Equilon Enterprises LLC, et al. (United States District Court, Central District, Case No. 4:17-cv-00282, 2019).
    In another action brought on behalf of hourly shift workers, we reached a $7,750,000 settlement in action brought by refinery operators for rest break violations. Class members received on average more than $9,000.
  • Buzas v. Phillips 66 Company (United States District Court, Central District, Case No. 4:17-cv-00163, 2018).
    $5,500,000 settlement in action brought by refinery operators against Phillips 66 Company for rest break violations.
  • Murphy v. CVS Caremark (Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC 464785, 2017).
    After protracted litigation, our attorneys obtained the 2nd largest wage and hour class action settlement in California for 2017 in the amount of $12,750,000 in action brought by hourly employees against CVS. The Plaintiffs alleged wage and hour violations, including the failure to pay employees while subject to employer control during security checks.
  • Diaz v. Accor Business and Leisure North America, Inc. dba Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC 621422, 2017).
    $690,000 settlement in 2017 in action brought by hotel employees against Sofitel Hotel. The Plaintiffs alleged violation of the Los Angeles Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance, the failure to provide meal and rest periods, and the failure to pay minimum wage and overtime compensation.
  • Ochoa v Brisam LAX (Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC 493242, 2014).
    $390,000 settlement in 2014 in action brought by workers against hotel. The Plaintiffs alleged wage and hour violations for failing to pay employees the Living Wage under the City of Los Angeles’ Airport Hotel Living Wage Ordinance.
  • Diaz v. Ampco (Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC 362932, 2012).
    $4,700,000 settlement in 2012 in action brought by parking attendants against Ampco for wage and hour violations, including the failure to provide meal and rest breaks and to pay minimum wage and overtime compensation.
  • Parmer v. Ziba Beauty Center, Inc. (Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC 392872, 2012).
    $250,000 settlement in 2012 in action brought by individuals who were employed by Ziba Beauty Center, Inc. The Plaintiffs alleged violations of California’s wage and hour laws, including the failure to provide rest breaks, failure to fully and timely pay terminated employees, and the failure to provide accurate wage statements.
  • Andrade v. Terra Universal (Orange County Superior Court, Case No. 00473739-CU-OE-CX, 2011).
    $450,000 settlement in action brought by all nonexempt current and former employees at Terra Universal. The Plaintiffs alleged the failure to be paid in accordance with the law and to be provided accurate wage statements. (link to article)
  • Barrientos v. Hilton Los Angeles Airport (Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC 403925, 2011).
    $2,500,000 settlement in action brought by hourly hotel workers against Hilton Hotels. The Plaintiffs alleged meal and rest break and overtime violations.
  • Small v. Brinderson (Orange County Superior Court, Case No. No. 04CC00717, 2010).
    $5,250,000 settlement in action brought by construction trade employees against Brinderson Constructors, Inc. The Plaintiffs alleged violations of wage and hour laws, including unpaid overtime and the failure to provide meal and rest breaks.
  • Morales v. Aramark Corporation (United States District Court, Central District, Case No. CV-09-05565, 2010).
    $3,900,000 settlement in action brought by food service workers against Aramark Corporation. The Plaintiffs alleged the failure to provide meal and rest break and overtime violations.

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At Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP, we know that wage and hour cases can be extremely complex and require a practical yet insightful approach. Our knowledgeable lawyers can determine if you have been misclassified as an independent contractor, whether you are an exempt or nonexempt employee, and whether you have valid claims to pursue for wage theft and/or other unlawful labor practices.

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