Private Attorneys General Act

02/03/2015

Employee Lawsuits Upheld Under Private Attorneys General Act

Employee Lawsuits May Proceed Under PAGA

California and federal laws generally uphold arbitration waivers in employment agreements signed by an employees.  These arbitration agreements often prevent employee lawsuits should a dispute arise regarding wages or other workplace conditions. In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC, however, the California Supreme Court entertained the issue of whether an arbitration agreement containing a waiver for class actions also applies to a disgruntled employee bringing or participating in a representative claim under the Private Attorneys General Act ("PAGA"). What Are PAGA Claims? Claims brought under... Read More
10/28/2014

Ruling Holding Independent Contractors to Be Employees Challenged

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals holding truck drivers to be employees rather than independent contractors of Affinity Logistics Corp. has been appealed to the U.S Supreme Court.  In June, the Ninth Circuit held that delivery drivers had been improperly classified by Affinity as independent contractors based primarily on the degree of control that Affinity maintained over the drivers' working conditions. The Affinity case was originally filed in 2005 by Fernando... Read More
10/21/2014

PAGA Claims Sent to Arbitration by Federal Court

PAGA Claims

A federal court in California has looked to the Federal Arbitration Act in upholding mandatory arbitration agreements as a bar to employment claims under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal granted a Motion to Compel Arbitration brought by defendant 20/20 Communications, Inc. In so doing the court rejected arguments advanced by plaintiffs that pursuant to the California Supreme Court decision in Iskanian v.... Read More
09/29/2014

Private Attorneys General Act Lawsuit Viability to Be Considered by U.S. Supreme Court

PAGA Lawsuits and Arbitration Clauses

Within California, an extensive list of employment-related legal violations may be pursued by individuals acting as "proxies" for the California Attorney General in ensuring safe and fair working conditions.  Under this Private Attorneys General Act, or PAGA, the state has set up specific procedures for pursuing these violations, as well as specific penalties to remedy and discouraging these violations. For many years now in California, however, employers have included arbitration agreements as conditions for employment which have been held to effectively... Read More