Monday, October 30, 2006

Chinese Restaurant Ordered To Pay $1 million in Back Wage

The Golden Dragon, a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco has been ordered more than $1 million in back wages and penalties to 37 workers for violating the city's minimum wage law.

The restaurant was also ordered to pay the city $871,000 to for the cost of investigation.

The investigation began as early as March 2005 after nine employees complained that they were paid less than the minimum wage, which was $8.50 per hour in 2004 and $8.62 per hour in 2005.

The Golden Dragon was shut down by the city at 822 Washington St. for health code violations in January and reopened in May as the Imperial Palace.

13 Women Gets $585,000 in Sexual Harassment Case

Everdry Marketing and Management Incorporated, the residential basement waterproofing specialized company, will pay $585,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.

On behalf of 13 women, most of them were teenage girls, EEOC filed the lawsuit, claiming that women were subject to the sexually hostile workplace at the company's Rochester location.

Victims will get $325000 for lost wages and emotional pain and suffering, and $260000 for punitive damages.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Acepex Settles Sexual harassment Suit

Acepex Management Corp. has agreed to pay $190,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

A female employee filed the suit, claiming that she had been severely sexually harassed by her supervisor and subsequently fired in retaliation for reporting the harassment.

Acepex is specilised in janitorial services. The company also agrees to provide training to supervisors and publish its employee handbook in both English and Spanish.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Chatsworth Charged with Workers Compensation Fraud

giExecutives of Cover-All Inc., a multistate flooring and carpet installation company, have been charged with a workers’ compensation premium fraud investigation of nearly $11 million.

Under the investigation, the company underreported payroll by nearly $32 million to State Fund for more than four years, and this resulted in a premium loss of $10.98 million.

50 years' old Gad Leshem, president and CEO of Cover-All Inc, is charged with four counts of premium fraud and one count of conspiracy.

A felony complaint was also filed against 54 years' old Zeev Golan, vice president of the company, and 52 years' old Irit Golan, executive secretary and payroll supervisor, charging both with four counts each of premium fraud and one count of conspiracy.

Cover-All is flooring subcontractor with 1,500 employees in 54 locations across the country.

Arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 13.

Workers Compensation Poster is a mandatory labor law poster in many states.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Fife Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Fife agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit.

Kenneth Davis, a black employee in the company, filed the lawsuit, claiming that Fife denied him to a permanent warehouse position and then terminated his temporary position based on his race.

Fife, based in Washington, is specialised in providing freight transportation service to Alaska.

The company also agreed to provide training to managers, supervisors and human resources staff.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Wal-Mart Fined for Labor Law Violations

The world's biggest retailer Wal-Mart was ordered to pay 78 million dollars for violating labor laws in Pennsylvania by forcing hourly employees to work through rest periods and after their shifts had ended.

The class action will affect over 187,000 workers at the retail giant employed between 1998 and 2001. Payments to each plaintiff will range from about $50 to a few thousand dollars.

This is Wal-Mart's second loss in the class action lawsuit over wages in less than one year. Wal-Mart settled a $172.3 million case with workers for missed meal breaks by a California jury last year.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Golf Course Settles Sexual Harassment Suit

Horseshoe Lake Golf Course Inc. has agreed to pay $367,000 as part of a settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Eight former employees brought the lawsuit, claiming that they were sexual harassed in the workplace. EECO alleged that the general manager and the owner ordered female employees to wear revealing attire and made constant lewd and demeaning sexual comments and physical advances. The owner told female applicants and employees that he wanted to perpetuate a 'sexual fantasy' at the golf course.

Horseshoe Lake will pay $267,000 to the eight women who brought the charges and set aside another $100,000 to establish a trust for other women who were subjected to harassment.

The company has also agreed to provide training to the owner and other employees and establish written procedures and polices to address sexual harassment issues.

Employers are required to poster labor law poster in their workplace, sexual harassment poster included.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Perry Ford Settles Discrimination Suit

Perry Ford has agreed to pay $13,000 to settle a racial discrimination.

Chris Francis, a white employee, sued the company, claiming a Hispanic co-worker of him harassed and berated him based on his race several times.

Perry Ford is a car dealership base in San Luis Obispo.

Perry Ford also agrees to implement a training program that addresses racial discrimination and provide the commission an annual report on its hiring practices.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Center Partners Agrees To Pay $229,905 in Overtime Back Wages

Colorado-based outsourcer Center Partners Inc. has agreed to pay $229,905 in overtime back wages to 1,390 employees to resolve violations of FLSA overtime requirements.

Center Partners was found failed to factor in preliminary shift work, commissions, shift differential pay, flex time, and assorted bonuses when it calculated overtime pay for its employees.

Under the requirement of FLSA, employers should pay covered employees at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and time and one-half their regular rate of pay for hours worked over 40 in a week.
Center Partners is specialized in tech support and customer service calls for many companies in different fields.

The FLSA's new overtime regulations are in effect as of August 23, 2004.

Lerner Associates Settles Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

David Lerner Associates Inc. has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a sexual discrimination lawsuit.

On behalf of four women and others who were subject to the sexually hostile workplace, EEOC filed the lawsuit last February, claiming that a manager at the Darien office sexually harassed them and threatened them with violent retaliation when they complained.

Lerner Associates also agreed to revise its anti-harassment and anti-retaliation policies and revamp its sexual harassment training.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Wells Fargo Settles Overtime Suit

Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $12.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over overtime pay.

The law suit, brought by former employee Jasmin Gerlach on behalf of 4,500 current and former Wells Fargo employees, claimed that Wells Fargo unlawfully making business-systems employees ineligible for overtime by characterized them as analysts or consultants.

The settlement was preliminarily approved Oct. 6 in U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California.

Wells Fargo denied the charge but would like to settle the lawsuit.

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