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Employment Violations

Gucci Store

This settles a class action against Gucci America, Inc. and related companies Yves Saint Laurent America, Inc., Stella McCartney America, Inc., and Bottega Veneta, Inc.

Drilling Fluid Engineering

A common problem in employment cases is the misclassification of full-time employees as “consultants” in order to avoid giving them overtime pay or other requirements of employment law. That’s what the complaint for this class action alleges about the employment of plaintiffs Joshua Serrette and Timothy Hemphill, who worked for the defendants as “mud engineers,” or drilling fluid consultants. The complaint seeks offers evidence that the two men were in fact employees and not independent contractors, and that they should have been paid overtime for all hours worked over forty, according to federal, Ohio, and Pennsylvania laws.

Home Care Workers

Workers in low-wage industries are often exploited by attempts to circumvent or ignore labor laws. One of these industries is home care, according to the complaint, whose workers in 2015 were specifically given the right to seek redress under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer of plaintiff Cassandra Jones, Good Shepherd Healthcare has more than one hundred home care workers in the state of Kentucky. According to the complaint, Jones attended patients in their homes to help them with their basic needs, including cooking and cleaning, and regularly worked more than forty hours per week. In fact, the complaint says, some weeks Jones worked as many as ninety hours—and yet was paid the same for every hour that she worked. In other words, the complaint claims that, in violation of the FLSA, the company did not pay its workers the overtime they were due.

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When a company administers a defined-contribution retirement plan, the complaint for this class action says, the potential for violating its fiduciary duties can be high. The complaint alleges that fiduciaries for Massachusetts Financial Services (MFS) Company’s two plans—its Defined Contribution Plan and its MFSavings Retirement Plan—breached their duties under ERISA, executed prohibited transactions, and did not act with prudence or with the good of the plans in mind. Among other things, the complaint claims that MFS mutual funds were the primary offerings in the plan, that the funds had high expenses, and that fiduciaries executed transactiosn that are forbidden by ERISA.

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This class action alleges that GreatBanc Trust, a trustee for the Chemonics International, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan, violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) as well as its fiduciary duties in buying Chemonics International stock at prices higher than fair market value.

Grape farm

This settles a class action brought by agricultural grape workers against Delano Farms and the labor companies who represented them. The complaint alleges that the companies violated labor laws in requiring unpaid, off-the-clock work, not reimbursing workers for necessary tool expenses, and not properly compensating workers for breaks. 

Juno

When Juno first appeared as a new ridesharing service, in competition with Uber and Lyft, it seemed to have a brilliant idea: to attract the best drivers, with promises of equity shares in the company.

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On March 7, 2016, Advance Auto Parts was the victim of a phishing attack, resulting in the disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII) concerning current and former Advanced Auto Parts employees. An outside third party obtained unauthorized access to employee PII through a phishing-type attack by posing as an employee.

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The plaintiff in this lawsuit alleges Stingray failed to pay him and other workers overtime compensation for the weeks in which he worked more than 40 hours.  The plaintiff further claims that Stingray failed to keep the required records of the hours that he worked.

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The plaintiffs in this class action lawsuit allege that Wells Fargo improperly classified Level 1 and Level 2 bank branch Store Managers as exempt from California's overtime pay requirements, resulting in the failure to pay overtime and to provide meal and rest periods. 

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