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Lowe’s Loses Motion to Dismiss Untimely Wage Case

Manual workers of Lowe’s Home Centers who filed a class action last year for untimely wage compensation will continue to move forward with their claims to try and recover owed wages. The district judge on this case, Rachel P. Kovner, denied in part Lowe’s motion to have the case dismissed. This case which was filed February 28, 2020 will continue to move forward under New York Labor Law (“NYLL”) §§ 191 and 198(1-a) and seeks to represent all manual workers ...

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New Biometric Privacy Law In NYC to Protect Consumers

A new biometric privacy law in New York City has recently gone into effect. Following in the footsteps of other cities with strict biometric laws, such as Chicago and Portland, NYC is stepping up protection measures for consumers. With significant technology advancements over the years, the way companies keep track of its consumershas drastically changed. Identifying people via retina, facial and fingerprint scans is now commonplace. Many big retail stores collect biometric identifier information by taking images of unsuspecting customers while they are shopping. Unfortunately, having your biometric data on file somewhere can leave you vulnerable, especially if you don’t know what the ...

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Front Line Medical Workers to Keep $14.5M Back Pay Award

Front line medical workers in New York have just confirmed a huge win of significant owed wages. Nearly 2,500 EMTs and paramedics will keep their $14.5 million award after they filed a class action lawsuit back in 2013 under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Despite the city and FDNY disputing the award and asking it be overturned, a U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick ruled in favor of the front line medical workers. The federal judge noted that the city’s FLSA violations were willfully enforcing policies that kept these essential workers from getting paid for all of the ...

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Construction Company Sued for $25M, Failed to Pay Workers for Time Spent Undergoing COVID-19 Screenings

Construction company, Anning-Johnson Co., has just been accused of failing to properly pay its workers leaving them significantly underpaid. The class action lawsuit has alleged thatthe Delaware based construction company, specializing in roofing, fireproofing and wall and ceiling assistance, did not pay its laborers for time spent undergoing coronavirus screenings. According to the lawsuit, the claims of owed wages amount to a whopping $25 million.

The lawsuit, which was filed late last week, highlights allegations made by hourly non-exempt employees that claimthey went unpaid for off-the-clock time amongst other violations. Specifically, the construction company requiredhourly employees to show up up to 30 minutes before their scheduled ...

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Amazon Settles Unpaid Wage Claims for $13.5M

Amazon is set to pay $13.5 million to its warehouse workers after a decade long battle alleging owed wage claims. A federal judge in Kentucky has just granted final approval of this settlement resolving claims that the e-commerce giant failed to pay its employees for time spent waiting to clear security checks. More than 42,000 hourly Amazon warehouse workers who worked for the company from October 22, 2007 until April3, 2020 stand to benefit from this payout.

Specifically, the lawsuit claimed that Amazon failed to compensate it warehouse employees when undergoing security checkpoints before and after their ...

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Pharmacy Chain, CVS, to Pay $10.4M in Owed Wages for Training Modules

Pharmacy chain, CVS Pharmacy Inc., has just settled claims that it owed significant wages to its California employees. The $10.4 million settlement will resolve allegations that pharmacy employees were shorted on pay for their actual hours worked. More than 24,000 employees in California who were employed for CVS as pharmacists, pharmacist technicians, pharmacy managers, and pharmacy service associates, stand to benefit from this pay out.

The class action lawsuit, which was filed back in 2016under the California Labor Code, specifically alleged that CVS had policies in place that ...

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Janitors Settle Class Action for $140M in Owed Wages

Janitors that worked for ABM Industries, a facility management company, are finally seeing a massive payout to resolve claims that they were owed significant wages. The company boasts its expansive reach worldwide employing more than 100,000 employees that provide janitorial, landscaping, electrical and lighting, and energy solutions, among other services, to properties of all sizes. This $140 million settlement will be distributed to 50,000 janitors that worked for ABM between 2002 and 2013.  

The lawsuit specifically alleged that the company failed to properly keep accurate time records of the time janitorsspent working. The janitors claimed that ABM’s timekeeping system violated California state labor ...

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Meat Processing Industry Settles for $29M to Resolve Low Wage Schemes

substantial win for workers in the meat processing industry has just been made in the fight for fair wages. A class action lawsuit that was filed in 2019 by employees of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a subsidiary poultry company of JBS, has just been settled for $29 million. This significant win will settle claims that this company along with other leading competitors in the poultry industry conspired together to keep these hard working employees’ wages low. Thousands of non-supervisory and maintenance employees at these chicken processing plants throughout the United States stand to benefit from this settlement.

Specifically, ...

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CVS Settles Employee Claims of Unpaid Security Check Wait Time for $1.85M

CVS Health Corp. has resolved claims brought forward by distribution center employees in California for unpaid wages. The $1.85 million settlement will end allegations that CVS did not compensate their warehouse employees for time spent waiting to undergo security checks. More than 3,500 eligible employees who worked in California distribution centers between January 16, 2015 and August 15, 2020 stand to benefit from this pay out.

This lawsuit, which was filed back in 2019, claimed CVS violated California state law for failing to compensate its distribution center employees for time spent waiting for and ...

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Sales Representatives of Medical Device Company to Receive $7.4M To End Misclass Suit

Sales Representatives of a medical device manufacturer, Zimmer Biomet, have reached a settlement that will resolve claims that their employer misclassified them as independent contractors. These claims ofmisclassification were brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and will be settled in the $7.4 million payout. More than 250 current and former sales representatives will benefit from this agreement.

This lawsuit, which was initiated back in July of 2018, alleged that due to the extensive control thatZimmer Biomet had over its sales representatives, they should have been classified as employees of the company instead of independent contractors. This would have allowed sales reps to have benefits such as ...

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