Prison Guards to Receive $3.2M for Time Spent Clearing Security Checks

Prison guards of CoreCivic Inc., a private prison operator, have just resolved claims of unpaid wages for $3.2 million. The class action lawsuit had claimed the affected employees went unpaid for the time spent clearing security checks before and after their shifts. More than 1,200 prison guards who worked for CoreCivic in California between 2012 and 2019 stand to benefit from the settlement.

The lawsuit had alleged that the company failed to pay its employees during the ...

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Chipotle Settles Unpaid Wage Claims for $1.75M

Chipotle hourly workers in California have just settled claims for owed wages alleging that the fast food giant failed to provide required rest breaks to thousands of workers. A California state judge preliminarily approved the $1.75 million settlement that will benefit approximately 7,000 employees. The approval, that comes five years after the initial filing, has ensured that affected current and former employees are receiving the most out of the settlement.

The labor violations cited in the initial ...

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Wireline Engineers for MBI Energy Win Collective Action Status for Unpaid OT

Early last year, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, alongside Bruckner Burch PLLC, filed a class and collective action seeking overtime against MBI Energy on behalf of salaried Wireline Engineers. The case continues to move forward successfully as the Court has recently affirmed a decision granting conditional certification of the proposed class.

In February 25, 2020, the Magistrate Judge granted Plaintiff’s Motion for conditional Certification, meaning that all Wireline Engineers who worked for MBI Energy, regardless of locations worked, could receive notice of ...

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Walgreens Sued by Hourly Employees for Unpaid OT and Timely Pay

Walgreens, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States, has just been sued by its hourly workers for unpaid wages. On September 22, 2020, Fitapelli & Schaffer filed a class action lawsuit against the pharmacy in order to recover overtime pay, timely pay and other damages for similarly situated hourly workers entitled to overtime who work or have worked at Walgreens. Hourly workers such as cashiers, greeters, and customer service associates may have claims under this class action lawsuit.

The pharmacy chain employs tens of ...

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Plant Workers to Receive $3.9M in Unpaid Wages

Plant workers for Ashland Global Holdings have just received final approval of a $3.9 million settlement resolving claims for unpaid wages. The settlement is set to benefit almost 900 chemical operators that have worked at Ashland plants within the last four years. The initial collective action lawsuit, that was filed in April of last year, claimed that the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) when their chemical operators went unpaid for time spent gearing ...

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Fraud Investigators for Insurance Firm to Receive $5.4M in OT Deal

Fraud Investigators for Farmers Insurance have recently had their class action settlement approved by the court. The $5.4 million settlement approval comes three years after the case was filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) as well California labor laws. Almost 80 investigators are set to benefit from this settlement, with each receiving, on average, $47,000, which was heralded as a “very good result” by the U.S. Magistrate Judge and believed it would “guarantee substantial relief ...

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Apple Retail Workers Must be Paid for Time Spent on Security Checks

Apple, the Big Tech giant, is now liable for paying its retail workers for all hours worked, specifically, time spent waiting to go through security checks at the end of their shifts. This ruling was recently reached by the Ninth Circuit in a unanimous opinion that reversed a California judge’s decision that these security and bag checks could not be considered as work time since employees could simply avoid them by not bringing a bag. However, ...

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Despite Arbitration Clauses, Delivery Drivers Can Still Go to Court for Owed Wages

The latest ruling to come out of the 9th circuit regarding arbitration clauses has been in favor of the worker, more specifically, delivery drivers.  In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit has affirmed a previous 2019 decision that had rejected Amazon’s attempt to force its drivers in their Amazon Flex program to arbitrate their proposed class action that claimed the had been wrongfully classified as independent contractors instead of employees and ...

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Oil and Gas Workers To Receive $4.4M for Working through Break Times

Oil and Gas workers have just received final approval for a $4.4 million settlement resolving claims of unpaid wages in California. ExxonMobil, PBF Energy Ltd. and Torrance Refining Co. LLC will be paying out this compensation after they were accused of not properly providing their workers with break times or paying them for all their hours worked. More than 335 oil and gas workers for these companies stand to benefit from this settlement.

The named plaintiffs in this matter alleged they ...

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Dynasty Wireline, Wireline Service Provider, Sued for Unpaid OT

Dynasty Wireline Services, LLC (“Dynasty Wireline”), the leading wireline service provider of the Permian Basin, has just been sued for unpaid wages by Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP and Bruckner Burch PLLC. The collective action filed seeks to recover overtime compensation for similarly situated salaried case hold completion managers, wireline engineers, and similar positions (collectively “Completion Managers”) who have worked for Dynasty Wireline in the United States. More than 100 Completion Managers could stand to benefit from this lawsuit.

Completion Managers consistently ...

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