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Payments Made To Union Trust Fund Are Not Subject To California Wage Statement Law

Mora v. Webcor Constr., L.P., 20 Cal. App. 5th 211 (2018) Steven Mora filed this putative class action/PAGA claim against his former employer, Webcor Construction, for violation of the California wage statement statute (Cal. Lab. Code § 226(a)) based upon payments made to a union vacation trust fund authorized by the Labor Management Relations Act … Continue Reading

Union Member’s Hostile Work Environment Claim Was Not Preempted By Federal Law

Matson v. UPS, 840 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2016) Mary Matson, a member of the Teamsters Union, worked as a “combination worker” unloading and sorting packages at UPS’s Boeing Field International hub in Seattle. During her employment, Matson allegedly complained that because of her gender she was subject to unfair and demeaning treatment in the workplace.  … Continue Reading

Union Employees’ Wage Claims Were Not Preempted By Federal Law

Adams v. Pacific Bell Directory, 111 Cal. App. 4th 93 (2003) Forty-two employees of Pacific Bell Directory (all of whom were members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) filed a lawsuit alleging that the company’s practice of debiting employees’ commissions was unlawful under Labor Code Section 221 and Business and Professions Code Section 17200. The … Continue Reading

Audio Recording Engineer’s State Law Claims Were Preempted By Federal Labor Law

Levy v. Skywalker Sound, 108 Cal. App. 4th 753 (2003) Robert M. Levy worked as an audio recording engineer for Skywalker Sound in Marin County beginning in 1995. When Levy was hired, he was told that the scoring stage was a “non-union room” and that his position at Skywalker Sound would not be a union … Continue Reading

Discrimination Claims Not Preempted By Section 301 Of The LMRA

Humble v. Boeing Co., 305 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2002) Su Humble, a union member who was employed as a fabrication bench mechanic for Boeing, suffered an on-the-job injury to her shoulder. After taking a series of medical leaves of absence over the course of approximately 15 months, Humble was told that there were no … Continue Reading

Employer Improperly Removed Discrimination Action To Federal Court

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Indus. v. U.S. West Communications, Inc., 288 F.3d 414 (9th Cir. 2002) Darryl Richardson filed a discrimination complaint against his employer with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) — a state administrative agency. In response, U.S. West removed the action to federal court, asserting the court had subject … Continue Reading
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