A class of workers may be impacted by the same unlawful employment practice such as failing to provide meal periods or rest breaks, failing to pay all wages or overtime, making unlawful deductions from wages, or failing to reimburse employees for business-related expenses that they incur. An employee, or a small group of employees, can prosecute a class action in these situations to recover damages and monetary penalties on behalf of all workers that have been impacted. Successful litigants who bring the action may be given a court-awarded monetary enhancement for their efforts on behalf of other class members.
Donald Potter has been approved as Class Counsel by multiple California courts and his law office has successfully prosecuting a variety of wage-and-hour class actions including the following matters:
- Colby v. Spirit Garden LLC, Case No. 37-2012-00092383-CU-OE-CTL, San Diego Superior Court. $1,325,000.00 class action settlement involving various wage-and-hour claims on behalf of short-term current and former product demonstrators who worked inside retail locations such as Costco.
- Roman v. Service King Paint & Body, LLC, Case No. CIVDS160218, San Bernardino Superior Court. $1,300,000.00 class action settlement involving various wage-and-hour claims on behalf of auto body workers at repair centers throughout California paid under a “piece-rate” compensation program.
- Morrow v. Avon Products, Inc., BC467304, Los Angeles Superior Court, $800,000.00 class action settlement involving claims for meal and rest period violations (Cal. Labor Code § 226.7, 512), related civil and PAGA penalties (Cal. Labor Code §§ 201-203, 226, 2698) and forfeiture of vacation pay (Cal. Labor Code § 227.3) against Avon Products, Inc. and Spherion Staffing, LLC. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of temporary and permanent employees at Avon’s distribution facility in Pasadena, California.
- Spanish Language Directories Cases, Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding No.4572, Orange County Superior Court. $800,000.00 class action settlement involving claims for unpaid business expenses (Cal. Labor Code § 2802) against Seccion Amarilla USA, LLC, Cobalt Directories, LLC, Cobalt Publishing LLC and Telemex USA, LLC. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of California-based salespersons for payment for mileage and other business expenses incurred in performing their job duties.
- Dirickson v. Volt Management Corp., 11160Y1637, American Arbitration Association and Dirickson v. NBTY, Inc., BC433752 Los Angeles Superior Court. $595,000.00 class action settlement involving claims for failing to provide employees with a second meal period (Cal. Labor Code § 226.7, 512) and related civil penalties (Cal. Labor Code §§ 201-203, 226) when working shifts greater than ten hours per day. The lawsuit was filed against NBTY, Inc., NBTY Manufacturing, LLC, NBTY Acquisition, LLC and Volt Management Corp. The class was a group of temporary and permanent employees who worked at a vitamin manufacturing facility in Valencia, California.
- Chapa v. Champion Discs, Incorporated, Case No. CIV-DS1909688, San Bernardino Superior Court. $595,000.00 class action settlement for 69 individuals who worked at a California manufacturing facility. Alleged various wage-and-hour violations stemming from meal period waivers.
- Lapetina v. Galasso’s Bakery, Case No. RIC1611216, Riverside Superior Court. $535,401.96 class action settlement for production workers at a California baking facility. Alleged various wage-and-hour violations stemming from off-the-clock “donning-and-doffing” of uniforms and gear.
- Kass v. Docler Media, LLC, Case No. BC666459, Los Angeles Superior Court. $500,000.00 class action settlement for individuals who worked in California as “Streaming Hosts” involving allegations of various wage-and-hour violations.