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PAGA Pulls Ahead of FAA

December 14, 2017

California workers received an early holiday present as the United States Supreme Court denied a petition from Prudential Overall Supply – an employer seeking to force workers from state court and into a forum where workers’ claims must be brought on an individual basis.  The petition followed the March 7, 2017 decision of Betancourt v. Prudential Overall Supply, 9 Cal. App. 5th 439 (Cal. Ct. App. 2017), in which a California appellate court held that a pre-dispute arbitration agreement [...]

Faruqi & Faruqi, Lead-Counsel, Announces Final Approval of Settlement on Behalf of Sales Agents in the Safe Auto Wage & Hour Class Action

October 23, 2017

Faruqi & Faruqi is pleased to announce final approval of the hard-fought settlement in Strong et al. v. Safe Auto Insurance Group, Inc. et al., No. 16-cv-765, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  The class action settlement represents a remarkable 82% recovery of the unpaid overtime and statutory damages claimed by more than 160 current and former Safe Auto sales agents from Kentucky and Ohio.  Innessa Melamed Huot was lead-counsel for Plaintiffs and the [...]

Greater Protections for Undocumented Workers

July 25, 2017

Workers receive two big wins in federal court to ensure that their immigration status will not preclude them from raising wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  First, a Federal District Court in Illinois joins New York and other districts across the country to hold that the immigration status of a worker may not be introduced as evidence in a FLSA lawsuit.  Kim v. Hakuya Sushi & Kim, Case No. 15-cv-03747.   The Ninth Circuit went further and found that a worker can [...]

Lawsuit Exposes Systematic Discrimination in MLB

July 09, 2017

Last week, Angel Hernandez filed a lawsuit, Hernandez v. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and Major League Baseball Blue, Inc., Case No. 17-cv-00456, alleging discrimination in how MLB’s promotion and postseason assignment policies are administered for umpires.  Despite a remarkable 96.88% accuracy rating on calling balls and strikes in 2016, Hernandez was not assigned to work any of the seven World Series games and entered the 2017 season with the same job title he had when he [...]

New Rights for NYC Independent Contractors

May 16, 2017

With the “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act, NYC Administrative Code § 20-927, et seq., coming into effect this week, New York City workers are better equipped to receive proper payment and protection from prevalent wage theft practices by employers.  A skyrocketing number of freelancers, who steadily dominate today’s on-demand service economy, no longer have to worry that their status as independent contractors will impede their ability to receive full payment for their work in a timely [...]

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