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California’s Fair Pay Act Expanded to Cover Race & Ethnicity and Prior Compensation History

It has been over one year since the 2015 California Fair Pay Act was passed, which is regarded as being the country’s toughest gender discrimination law.[1]  The law applies to companies in all industries and of all sizes, and generally requires equal pay for substantially similar work between men and women. 2016 Sees Expansion of New Law  Two bills which were recently passed expanded upon California’s Fair Pay Act: SB1063 This bill expands the Fair Pay Act to prohibit wage […]

Walmart Truck Drivers Win $55 Million in Back Pay

Walmart has been ordered by a California jury to pay about 850 of its current and former truck drivers a total of $55 million for violating California wage and hour laws.[1] The jury’s award consisted of two main parts.  First, the jury found that Walmart failed to separately compensate its truckers for the time they spent on inspecting the vehicles before and after their trips.  Second, the jury found that Walmart failed to compensate its truckers for their layover time. […]

New California Law Allows Cities and Counties to Enforce State Wage Laws

A new law in the state of California is set to enable counties and cities to work with the state’s Division of Labor Standards enforcement (DLSE) to enforce compliance with wage laws. The law, California S.B. 1342, is intended to provide local enforcement organizations the tools necessary to conduct thorough wage claim investigations to assist in the recovery of unpaid wages, including the ability to issue a subpoena. Additionally, the law encourages counties and cities to implement their own local […]

Drivers File Wrongful Termination Suit Against Ridesharing Giants

Earlier this year, thousands of drivers became unemployed when ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber pulled service from Austin, Texas following a vote on new regulations. Fast forward to earlier this month – two drivers who lost their jobs filed class action lawsuits in California, citing the ridesharing organizations’ failure to adequately inform its workforce of service termination. According to the lawsuit, which was filed under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), employers with a workforce of 100 […]

Boeing Hit with Another Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Earlier this year, eight former and current African-American employees who work at Boeing in El Segundo, California filed a lawsuit against the giant aerospace firm. The lawsuit against Boeing is seeking damages for harassment and discrimination based on gender and race in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. All plaintiffs state that they have suffered from unfair employment actions, including failure to promote, discriminatory discipline, being hired into lower-tiered jobs than equally or comparably qualified white candidates, […]