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California Supreme Court limits wage-and-hour litigation

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Here’s a bit of good news from the Supreme Court of California: The court has ruled that labor unions can’t intercede for union members to sue employers for missed meal and rest breaks under the state’s unfair competition law or the private attorney general statute.

That should mean fewer such wage-and-hour cases.

Recent case: The Amalgamated Transit Union and another union sued several employers, alleging that their members were due over $10 million in lost wages and $2.6 million in civil penalties for missed meal and break periods.

The employers argued the unions didn’t have the right to sue on behalf of the employees, and the Supreme Court of California agreed. (Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1756 v. Superior Court, California Supreme Court, No. S151615, 2009)

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