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Department of Labor Determines Upper Crust Pizza Owes Employees $850,000 in Unpaid Wages and Overtime

October 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

A federal investigation has determined that Upper Crust, a bankrupt gourmet pizza chain, owes former employees about $850,000 in back wages and damages. In 2009, the Department of Labor investigated Upper Crust’s refusal to pay its workers overtime and ordered the company to pay $350,000 in unpaid overtime. After Upper Crust paid the employees, top […]

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Former GNC Managers Seek Class Action Suit for Unpaid Overtime

April 19th, 2012 · Comments Off

On April 11, 2012, attorneys representing two former GNC store managers argued in court that the company’s policies illegally required store managers to work overtime without pay.  GNC fired the two managers, claiming that they committed “time fraud” by recording hours on their time cards that they had not worked.  The former managers claim they […]

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Fair Labor Association Audit Finds Violations of Labor Laws by Foxconn, Apple’s Major Supplier; and Apple and Foxconn Agree to Improve Working Conditions

April 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

This month, Apple and its major supplier, Foxconn, agreed with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to improve working conditions for employees after an audit revealed suspected employment law violations.  The violations, which occurred in Foxconn factories in China, included excessive working hours, unpaid overtime, and inadequate safety conditions.  FLA secured a commitment from both Apple and […]

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La Quinta Hotel Operator Agrees to Pay $1.5 Million to Settle Claims that it Denied Overtime Payments and Rest Breaks to Housekeepers

March 6th, 2012 · Comments Off

LQ Management LLC, a Texas-based operator of the La Quinta hotel chain, has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a putative class action suit claiming that the hotel failed to provide housekeepers with meal and rest breaks and failed to pay proper amounts of overtime pay. The proposed class action includes over 1900 housekeepers […]

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Staples Agrees to Pay $5 Million to Resolve Lawsuit Alleging Nonpayment of Holiday and Vacation Wages

February 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

On January 24, 2012, Judge Ernest Hiroshige of the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a tentative approval of a $5 million settlement agreement between Staples Inc. and a class of employees who allege that the office supply chain failed to pay them for floating holidays and vacations. A former Staples employee, Vikki Park, filed the […]

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Starbucks Pays $7.5 Million to Settle Class Action Alleging Supervisors Shared Baristas’ Tips

February 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off

On January 20, 2012, Starbucks Corporation agreed that it owes roughly $7.5 million to baristas in Massachusetts for allowing shift supervisors to share in employee tip pools since March 2005. The class action lawsuit was brought on behalf of 11,000 Starbucks baristas throughout Massachusetts.  The settlement was reached one day before the scheduled trial. The […]

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Lady Gaga’s Former Assistant Sues for $380,000 of Unpaid Overtime

January 30th, 2012 · Comments Off

On December 14, 2011, Lady Gaga’s former personal assistant, Jennifer O’Neill, filed a lawsuit against Lady Gaga’s Mermaid Touring Company seeking nearly $380,000 for alleged unpaid overtime. The 41-year-old O’Neill worked for Lady Gaga for 13 months during Gaga’s 2010 Monster Ball world tour.  O’Neill claims that she worked 7,168 unpaid hours. The Fair Labor […]

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Nike Contractor to Pay $1M to Indonesian Workers in Overtime Settlement

January 17th, 2012 · Comments Off

Last week a Nike Inc. contractor factory in Indonesia agreed to pay workers over $1 million to settle allegations that the shoe manufacturer forced workers to perform a daily hour of overtime work without compensation. Workers at the Nike contractor, PT Nikomas Gemilang IY, allege that they were routinely forced to perform an hour of […]

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Alaska Residence Managers Petition Supreme Court to Reverse FLSA Coverage

December 9th, 2011 · Comments Off

Alaska residence managers who are employed to house and care for mentally ill children petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that the residence managers were not covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The FLSA requires that employers pay employees  a minimum wage and overtime pay.  Congress amended the FLSA […]

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California’s New Law Will Dramatically Increase Penalties for Employee Misclassification

October 24th, 2011 · Comments Off

California passed a new law authorizing the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) to stiffen penalties for employers that misclassify their employees. Many employers misclassify their employees as independent contractors in order to cut costs. Employers attempt to save on their Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) costs, unemployment contributions, workers’ compensation insurance costs, and […]

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