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Wage-and-hour woes continue to plague Silicon Valley

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Cadence Design Systems of San Jose recently agreed to settle two lawsuits brought by information technology workers who claimed they were misclassified and denied overtime and meal and rest breaks in violation of federal and California laws.

The first suit against the microchip design systems company was a class action involving 207 technical and security employees. Cadence settled it for $7,664,857 plus interest. The workers argued that Cadence violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

Cadence settled the second case, which was brought by seven former and current field-service engineers, for $112,877. In settling with the seven workers, Cadence agreed to pay attorneys' fees of $32,000. Cadence denied the claims in both cases.

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