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California Labor Department – Wage Theft Claims and Judgments – June 2022

The California Department of Industrial Relations maintains a database of wage theft claims presented to the office by employees against individuals and corporations. California reported 174 judgments in June 2022, after excluding duplicates. The total value of all judgments was $6,638,263. The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reported 3080 wage claims in June of 2022.

“Restaurants and Other Eating Places” lead as an industry category with 136 claims. When including “Full Service Restaurants” with 61 additional claims, this group category had 197 wage claims in June.

Department of Labor Collects $164,607,324 in FLSA Back Wages for Workers During Fiscal Year 2021

The United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, reported a total of $164.6 million in back wages collected for workers during fiscal year 2021 from two categories:  $138,674,500 collected for unpaid overtime, and $25,932,824 collected for failure to pay minimum wage. Both the minimum wage violations and overtime violations are for companies and individuals who violated the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Amazon Warehouses Under Federal Investigation by Department of Labor

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), within the United States Department of Labor, has opened an investigation into Amazon’s safety at their warehouses.  OSHA inspected warehouses for Amazon in Chicago, Orlando, and New York City. In a statement given to media, the Department of Labor said:

“OSHA received referrals from the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York regarding allegations of safety and health violations at several Amazon facilities.”

“Acting on the referrals, OSHA has opened inspections at Amazon workplaces in New York, Illinois and Florida.”

California Labor Department – Wage Theft Claims and Judgments – May 2022

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) maintains a public database of wage theft claims presented to the office by employees against individuals and corporations. When a wage claim is filed, the Labor Commissioner’s Office investigates the claim, and publicly posts information about the name of the organization or individual, the date of the claim, and additional information such as the type of industry.

Updates for May 2022, data from a search of the government labor board databases on July 5th, 2022.

50 States of Equal Pay – Mississippi Equal Pay Act Took Effect July 1st, 2022

The Mississippi Equal Pay for Equal Work Act went into effect on July 1st, 2022.  The law, which repeats the standards of the federal Equal Pay Act, forbids employers from paying lower wages to one sex compared to wages earned by another sex. Mississippi is one of the last states to not enact a state law regarding equal pay.

The Mississippi law allows for employers to pay different wages based upon “any other factor other than sex”, allowing for wage differences based on seniority, or claims of differing responsibilities. States such as California have much stronger laws, requiring employers to pay equal wages for work that is “substantially similar” as a composite of skill, effort and responsibility, and bar various defenses for unequal pay such as prior salary history.

California Labor Department – Wage Theft Claims and Judgments – April 2022

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) maintains a public database of wage theft claims presented to the office by employees against individuals and corporations. When a wage claim is filed, the Labor Commissioner’s Office investigates the claim, and publicly posts information about the name of the organization or individual, the date of the claim, and additional information such as the type of industry.

Updates for April 2022, data from a search of the government labor board databases on June 14th, 2022.

Schneider Wallace and Roche Freedman LLP Bring Class Action Against Solana Labs for Violations of Federal Securities Laws

On July 1, 2022, Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky (“SWCK”) and Roche Freedman LLP (“RF”) filed a class action lawsuit for violations of federal securities laws against Solana Labs, Inc., the Solana Foundation, Anatoly Yakovenko, Multicoin Capital Management LLC, Kyle Samani, and FalconX LLC (“Defendants”).

Washington University in St. Louis agrees to $7.5 million ERISA Settlement

For the last five years, Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky has intensively litigated on behalf of Washington University workers in a class action lawsuit for the University’s alleged breach of fiduciary duties in managing and administering its retirement plan. Washington University has agreed to pay $7.5 million to resolve the claims alleged in the case.

In January 2022, the parties engaged in neutral mediation and reached a preliminary settlement of $7.5 million on April 15, 2022. The class consists of “all persons who participated in the Plan at any time during the Settlement Class Period, including any Beneficiary of a deceased person who participated in the Plan at any time during the Settlement Class Period, and any Alternate Payee of a person subject to a Qualified Domestic Relations Order that was in effect before the end of the Settlement Class Period”. The settlement class period is defined as June 8, 2011 through March 31, 2022.

Collecting Owed Wages From the Department of Labor – Guide

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a database of prior verdicts from the Wage and Hour Division. When the Wage and Hour Division finds a violation or wage theft and produces a judgement against an employer, it holds the funds for affected employees for three years.  After three years, the funds are distributed to the US Treasury.

How to search Department of Labor for owed wages:

California Labor Department – Wage Theft Claims and Judgments – March 2022

The California Department of Industrial Relations maintains a database of wage theft claims presented to the office by employees against individuals and corporations. When a wage claim is filed, the Labor Commissioner’s Office investigates the claim, and publicly posts information about the name of the organization or individual, the date of the claim, and additional information such as the type of industry.

Updates for March 2022, data from a search of the government labor databases on April 26th, 2022.