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Employee May Proceed With PAGA Claim Based Upon Lack Of Suitable Seating

Bright v. 99¢ Only Stores, 189 Cal. App. 4th 1472 (2010) One of the requirements of the wage orders promulgated by the Industrial Welfare Commission is that “[a]ll working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats…” Cashier Eugina Bright filed this putative class … Continue Reading

Employer Need Only Provide And Not Ensure Meal And Rest Breaks

Hernandez v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., 189 Cal.App.4th 751 (2010) Rogelio Hernandez worked as a non-exempt employee at Chipotle Mexican Grill. In this putative class action, Hernandez alleged that Chipotle violated California wage and hour law by failing to ensure that its employees took their meal breaks. The trial court granted Chipotle’s motion to deny … Continue Reading

Employee’s PAGA Action Barred by Prior Class Action Settlement

On October 22, 2010, the California Court of Appeal in Villacres v. Abm Industries Inc., No. B219584, __ Cal. App. 4th __ (2010) rejected an attempt by a settling class member to use the California Private Attorney Generals Act (PAGA) to bring successive claims for civil penalties against his former employer, from whom he had … Continue Reading

Class Action Pleading Requirements Need Not Be Satisfied To Assert Private Attorneys General Act Claim

Arias v. Superior Court, 2009 WL 1838973 (Cal. S. Ct. 2009) Jose Arias sued his former employer, Angelo Dairy, for a number of alleged violations of the California Labor Code, including five claims that he asserted on behalf of himself as well as other current and former employees under the Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”). The … Continue Reading

Class Action Pleading Requirements Need Not Be Satisfied To Assert Private Attorneys General Act Claim

Arias v. Superior Court, 2009 WL 1838973 (Cal. S. Ct. 2009) Jose Arias sued his former employer, Angelo Dairy, for a number of alleged violations of the California Labor Code, including five claims that he asserted on behalf of himself as well as other current and former employees under the Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”). The … 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

Employees Could Assign PAGA Claims To Their Union

Amalgamated Transit Union v. Superior Court, 2007 WL 602519 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 28, 2007) Two labor unions representing mechanics and transit operators filed this lawsuit against several transit company employers, alleging the employers had failed to provide their employees with the meal and rest periods required by law. The unions asserted they had standing … Continue Reading
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