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Supermarket sued after allegedly violating wage and hour laws

When a person is hired to do a job, the agreement and expectation is that the person gets paid for the work they provide. Wage and hour laws exist in California and all across the country to ensure that workers are not taken advantage of and are appropriately paid. Unfortunately, employers will sometimes purposely break these laws, and when that happens, the affected employee(s) can pursue legal action. A supermarket chain in another state allegedly violated wage and hour laws of some employees and a lawsuit has been filed.

The lawsuit was filed by a current employee of the supermarket chain on behalf of himself as well as several other employees. In the lawsuit, employees allege that their employer made them work through the required 30 minute breaks even though they were not on the clock. Also, some employees claim that they had to drive to a managers house to retrieve and/or drop off the keys to the store. The plaintiff says the company failed to pay employees for this time. 

Employee faces alleged retaliation for whistleblowing

When workers in California and across the country witness illegal acts occurring in the workplace, they have the right to speak up and blow the whistle. Unfortunately, employers can and do retaliate against employees for speaking up, which often results in the termination of the whistleblowing employee. However, all states have laws that protect whistleblowers from retaliation by employers. Recently, a man in another state filed a lawsuit against a former employer after he was allegedly fired for exposing improper conduct.

The plaintiff is a former employee of a school district in another state. He claims that he exposed illegal activities committed by his Chief Operating Officer and was retaliated against for doing so. According to the lawsuit, these illegal activities included theft of school property, improper payments from vendors and falsification of time cards.

The Next Workplace Rights Frontier: Gender Discrimination

Employees are currently protected from harassment and discrimination based on sex. But whether that legal protection will extend to sexual orientation still remains to be seen. If some plaintiffs have their way, there wouldn't have to be new laws to enshrine this protection: gender discrimination would be outlawed based on existing laws banning sex discrimination.

How does that work?

Former California police chief allegedly faced retaliation

The loss of employment can be a very difficult and stressful experience. When things such as retaliation or discrimination contribute to job loss, the stress and trauma of the experience can be magnified. Workers in California are protected by law from things such as retaliation and discrimination in the workplace. But what can be done when an employer blatantly ignores these laws and fires an employee as a retaliatory act? Legal action can be pursued.

A former California police chief recently filed a lawsuit, alleging he was subjected to discrimination and eventually lost his job as a form of retaliation. The plaintiff claims he brought to light alleged illegal activity that was occurring within the police department. The lawsuit asserts that the plaintiff's supervisors banded against him, and he was fired less than two months into his employment.

Nurse files lawsuit after wage and hour laws allegedly violated

Employers in California and across the United States are always looking for ways to cut costs while raising profits. Sometimes, these cost-cutting measures may unlawfully affect workers. There are wage and hour laws at the federal and state level that provide legal protection for all workers. When these laws are broken by employers, legal action can be pursued. A lawsuit was recently filed by a nurse in another state over allegations that his employer unfairly docked the pay of their workers.

The lawsuit was filed against a health care company and alleges that nurses and other medical workers were wrongfully docked a half hour's pay each shift. According to the lawsuit, the company automatically 30 minutes out of each 12 hour shift for a meal break. The plaintiff claims that, due to the nature of his role, he and other co-workers often were forced to skip this 30 minute meal break and were not paid.

Nurse says she faced retaliation for using workers' compensation

A quintessential part of adulthood is acquiring a full-time, stable job. One of the great things about full-time employment are the benefits that come with the position. These benefits typically include paid time off, health and dental insurance, paid medical leave and workers' compensation. Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical insurance in the event that workers suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. What can be done when an employee faces retaliation for rightfully using workers' compensation?

A nurse in another state recently filed a lawsuit over allegations that she was retaliated against for filing a workers' compensation claim. The lawsuit says the plaintiff was lifting a patient and suffered an injury at work. Because of her alleged injury, she filed a workers' compensation claim and took a leave.

Taking medical leave results in alleged retaliation and job loss

Workers in California and all across the United States have laws at the federal and state level that protect them from unfair acts in the workplace. One of these laws, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), gives qualified employees the right to take an extended period of time off of work for health related reasons or to care for an immediate family member that has a serious health condition. Unfortunately, not all employers are compliant with these laws and, as a form of retaliation, will punish or discipline employees for using medical leave. This is allegedly what happened to an employee in another state and he has taken legal action.

The man has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was terminated because he took medical leave to care for a sick parent. The man worked as a project manager and, in order to care for his sick father, took intermittent medical leave, the lawsuit claims. The plaintiff claims that instead of filing this time away as FMLA-protected leave, his employer classified his leave as vacation time.

Wage and hour class-action suit ends in $3.5 million settlement

In the world of business today, companies are looking for more and more ways to raise profits and cut costs. Unfortunately, these cost-cutting measures sometimes directly affect workers. Paying employees for the work they provide is required by law in the state of California and across the country. Wage and hour laws exist at the federal and state level to offer protection for all workers, but employers sometimes break these laws; when that happens, legal action can be taken. Recently, a lawsuit was filed against a well-known clothing retailer over alleged violations of several wage and hour laws.

The lawsuit featured a well-known clothier, Ann Taylor. A plaintiff that was named in the case worked for the company in Los Angeles for a period of about two years. According to the plaintiff, the employer violated California wage and hour laws.

Alleged retaliation citied in recent lawsuit

Being fired from a job is an experience that no person wants to face and can have significant financial impacts. When employment is lost due to retaliation, the experience can be devastating and downright traumatic. Workers in California and across the country are protected by certain laws from unfair acts in the workplace. Those who have experienced retaliation in the workplace can take legal action, just like a worker in another state did.

The lawsuit claims that the woman's employer retaliated against her and fired her for having a second job. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff became pregnant and had to leave her position. The plaintiff claims the employer told her that she was leaving in good standing and would be welcomed back after the birth of her child. The plaintiff returned to work after the birth of her daughter, but unfortunately, her daughter was diagnosed with several serious medical conditions, the lawsuit alleges.

Sexual harassment: more than unwanted physical advances

When people think about sexual harassment in the workplace, unwanted sexual solicitation or physical touching commonly come to mind. You may think of a male boss who demands a sexual relationship from a female subordinate. This type of sexual harassment is known as quid pro quo harassment.

There is a second, more subtle form of sexual harassment in which an employee creates a hostile work environment for another employee based on their sex or gender. Let’s take a closer look at what constitutes a hostile work environment, and what to do if it’s a reality in your workplace.

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