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Federal Appeals Court Affirms Ruling in $2.1 Million Labor Law Case

Earlier this month, the federal appeals court in Colorado upheld an earlier ruling that had found an Oklahoma Mexican restaurant El Tequila and its owner in direct violation of labor laws, specifically the Fair Labor Standards Act. The case dealt specifically with the mishandling of employee wages and failure to keep accurate time records. A pretrial ruling initially determined that the restaurant and owner owed at least $1.7 million in damages and back wages, covering more than 300 workers.  The […]

Study Finds Los Angeles Sushi Restaurants Often Serve Mislabeled Fish

A new study from researchers at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University has found that approximately 47 percent of sushi that is served in restaurants across Los Angeles is mislabeled. The study was conducted by testing the DNA of fish at 26 local sushi restaurants. According to the study, the incidence and frequency of mislabeling greatly depends on the type of fish ordered. On one hand, salmon was labeled correctly about 90% of the time. On the other hand, fish labeled […]

HP Named in Age Discrimination Lawsuit Filed by Former Employees

Four former employees of Hewlett Packard have named the technology giant in a new age discrimination lawsuit, alleging that they were unfairly purged during a major restructuring, which involved tens of thousands of other layoffs. In the lawsuit, which was filed in California near the end of 2016, the former employees argue that HP prioritized transforming the company into a “younger operation”, shying away from the older generation. They specifically cited the disproportionate hiring of new employees aged 40 or […]

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. […]