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Employee rights: Laborer classified as manager seeks overtime

The United States Department of Labor allows companies to appoint some employees in positions that are classified as overtime-exempt. This often includes commissioned salespeople and people in managerial positions. An employee of Urban Outfitters, a clothing company with branches nationwide, including in California, filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging violations of his employee rights. The worker claims unpaid overtime.

Employee rights changes for 2018 bring some benefits

Several changes became effective at the start of 2018. Employee rights in California will see changes to family leave and minimum wages, and salary history will no longer play a role, while previous convictions need not be disclosed. The changes will benefit all, and traditional employment challenges faced by certain marginalized groups will be eliminated.

Employee rights: Judge enforces 2016 judgment for wage theft

Students nationwide, including in California, take on jobs as servers in restaurants to increase their incomes. Sadly, many establishments violate the employee rights of the students by withholding overtime money and tips. A workers' rights group in another state recently reported the outcome of a 2015 lawsuit involving such violations.

Former restaurant staff claims violation of employee rights

Bar Rouse, a restaurant in downtown Sacramento, closed its doors on Sept. 20. Former employees of this California eatery say this happened after the owner received an eviction notice for violating the lease terms. Several former staff members now claim their employee rights were violated because they did not receive their wages for the period Sept. 1 through 20.

San Diego trash truck drivers fight for their employee rights

It is not uncommon for employers to get away with unfair deductions from the wages of employees because individual workers do not know that the same thing is happening to their colleagues. Then, when they realize that they are not alone, they typically find it easier to stand up for their employee rights. Every California worker is entitled to be paid for the hours he or she works, and a class action lawsuit is one way to get unpaid wages.

Employee rights violation alleged for working 18 months, 24-7

California workers might find it difficult to imagine having to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week for an extended period. However, a lawsuit was recently filed in another state in which a worker claims his remuneration was below the minimum wage level. He alleges his employee rights were violated during his employment as an oil field gate guard.

Employee rights to refuse dangerous work conditions

No California worker should have to risk his or her life in conditions that are life-threatening. Employee rights allow workers to refuse dangerous work, but they must follow the appropriate steps. The first step is to inform the employer of the hazard. However, the fact that the issue was reported does not give the employee the right to refuse to work and leave the job site.

Employee rights: Nail technician awarded almost $12,000 overtime

No worker in California should have to continue working overtime hours without compensation just to be able to earn some income to support a family. Employee rights in California include the right to fight for full payment for the work performed. This was what a nail technician in another state did when she finally plucked up the courage to do something about being financially exploited for seven years.

Employee rights: A 40-hour work week may give more flexibility

Interested parties in California are suggesting a change to the current rule that requires employees to work eight hours per day. Current law rules that employers must pay overtime at a rate of time-and-a-half for any additional hours worked. The suggestion is for employee rights to be altered to a system that will give workers more flexibility and save employers unnecessary overtime obligations.

Former Alfred Angelo workers claims violation of employee rights

Employees of large companies nationwide, including in California, are protected from unanticipated dismissals due to plants closing or mass layoffs. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act is a federal labor law that protects employees of companies that have at least 100 employees. These employers are obligated to provide employees with 60 days' advance notification of any intentions to cease business in order not to violate their employee rights.

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