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Unlicensed Law Clerk Was Properly Classified as Exempt Professional

Zelasko-Barrett v. Brayton-Purcell, LLP, 198 Cal. App. 4th 582 (2011) Following his graduation from law school but before he had passed the California bar examination, Matthew Zelasko-Barrett worked for the law firm of Brayton-Purcell, LLP as a Law Clerk II. After his voluntary departure from the firm, Zelasko-Barrett filed this lawsuit claiming he was misclassified … Continue Reading

Administrative Employee’s Overtime And Meal Period Claims Were Properly Dismissed

Combs v. Skyriver Communications, Inc., 159 Cal. App. 4th 1242 (2008) Mark Combs sued his former employer, Skyriver Communications, and Skyriver’s former interim CEO, Massih Tayebi, for violations of the California Labor Code, the Unfair Competition Law and the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004. Combs, who was employed as the manager of capacity planning … Continue Reading

Field Service Engineer May Not Be Exempt “Administrative” Employee

Bothell v. Phase Metrics, Inc., 299 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2002) Rex Bothell, a former field service engineer employed by Phase Metrics, Inc., alleged that he had been improperly classified as an exempt administrative employee under state and federal law and sought unpaid overtime. Phase Metrics maintained that Bothell was essentially an account manager who … Continue Reading
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