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Los Angeles Wage and Hour Lawsuit Against Wolfgang Puck Settled for $500K

July 3, 2012

Vincent Howard, of Howard Law, has been following the recent announcement from a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, who gave approval this month to a settlement of $500,000--resolving a Los Angeles, California class action wage and hour lawsuit that accused Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck of engaging in wage and hour violations against over 2,400 former and current employees of Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events.

The class action wage and hour lawsuit reportedly involved 2,484 workers who had worked for Puck's company since 2006. The representative of the class action wage and hour lawsuit, former Wolfgang Puck employee Steven Calabro, claimed that he often worked through lunch and meal breaks, and frequently performed work duties before officially clocking in, and after clocking out--without receiving payment for his overtime hours.

The lawsuit was reportedly filed in 2010, and accuses Puck of taking advantage of the employees, by denying Calabro and other employees compensation for missed rest and meal breaks. Puck is also being accused of giving wage statements that were inaccurate, and for not paying final wages to employees when they were due.

As Vincent Howard frequently reports, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, non-exempt employees must be paid with at least the federally required minimum wage of $7.25 for all hours worked in a forty-hour workweek. For any hours worked beyond eight hours in a day, and forty hours in a workweek, non-exempt employees must be paid overtime compensation of one and one-half the individual's regular pay rate, including any bonuses, commissions, or incentive payment. The FLSA also requires that employers keep accurate payment records that properly reflect the wages, hours worked, and all other employment conditions of employees.

The current and former Wolfgang Puck employees will reportedly be awarded $500,000 in the wage and hour settlement, as well as $166,666 in attorneys' fees.

As Vincent Howard discussed in a recent Carson wage and hour lawsuit blog, the U.S. Department of Labor launched a new Los Angeles-area enforcement initiative in May, in order to ensure that Los Angeles employers in the restaurant industry are complying with the minimum wage, overtime payment and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)-- as DOL investigations continue to uncover rampant federal and state labor violations in the restaurant and service industry.

In Los Angeles County and Orange County, California, contact Howard Law's team of labor and employment attorneys and professionals today, to discuss your rights in the California workplace. Call Vincent Howard today, at 1-800-872-5925.

Wolfgang Puck Settles Case Regarding Alleged Wage and Hour Violations, Beverly Hills Courier, June 25, 2012

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

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