The easiest way for an employer to violate a worker's labor rights is to make sure that employee never knows what rights they have. Knowledge of the laws designed to protect you is the best way to ensure your employer is treating you fairly and avoid being the target of wage and hour violation.
In a case that was followed with interest by those in the field of employment law, as well as many employees working in large university systems throughout the country who hold non-academic positions, the University of California (UC) reached a settlement this past May with the U.S. Department of Labor to the tune of $1.3 million for back wages and damages owed to underpaid employees.
Did you know that your employer can save ample amounts of money simply by misclassifying workers as independent contractors? Despite the illegal nature that the act of purposefully misclassifying employees entails, many employers in California and across the nation still continue the unfair practice.
More than one hundred current and former employees at a popular Bay Area eatery claim they were denied wages and benefits, and they have filed suit against the restaurant.
A federal judge in California has rejected a settlement put forward by Uber to resolve the class action lawsuit against them by their drivers, according to Reuters. The ridesharing giant has classified its drivers as independent contractors for years, but the drivers argue that they are actually employees. This would mean that Uber would have to pay the costs of fuel and maintenance, which would amount to millions of dollars. The damages are so high, in fact, that the judge threw out Uber's settlement offer of over $100 million because it was too low. Now lawyers for the two sides are back at the negotiating table to try to work out a new settlement.