Class Action Wage & Hour: Employee Truck Drivers v. National Trucking Company
Our client represents a truck driver who worked for a National trucking company. Our client and other employees were paid a piece rate or a per mile rate of compensation. The company’s compensation structure failed to compensate all drivers at least the minimum wage for all hours worked as the drivers were only paid for time in which their trucks were moving. The trucking company also implemented software that charged its drivers to access their pay. Drivers also did not receive accurate itemized wage statements and were not provided paid rest breaks. We filed a class action lawsuit against the trucking company for said wage and hour violations.
Breach of Contract & Fraud: Police Officer v. City
Our client, a Central Valley police officer, was promised specific retirement benefits, among other things, when he was recruited by the City. After foregoing other employment to stay in the Central Valley and providing notice to his employer, our client learned the City had lied to him and did not intend to provide our client with the promised retirement benefits. Our office then filed a lawsuit to hold the City accountable for its wrongful conduct.
Personal Injury Trip & Fall: Guest v. Apartment Complex
When our client, a guest at an apartment complex, was walking through the parking lot, our client tripped and fell over a piece of rebar protruding into the walkway, causing our client to be injured. When the apartment complex refused to accept responsibility for the unsafe condition, our office filed a complaint against the complex owner for negligence.
Race/National Origin Discrimination & Harassment: Employees v. Dairy Manufacturing Company
Our clients are several employees of a Stanislaus County dairy manufacturer. When a new manager was hired, our clients were subjected to severe racial and national origin discrimination and harassment, including being called sand niggers and ragheads, and told they needed to go back to their own country. When our clients complained to Human Resources, the company investigated and found the manager had engaged in unlawful conduct, but decided to do nothing to discipline the manager. Our office then filed a lawsuit against the company and the manager for violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Minimum & FLSA Overtime Wages, Unlawful Deductions, & Unpaid Rest Breaks: Truck Driver v. Trucking Company
Our client was a truck driver for a San Joaquin County trucking company for several years. During that time, he was not paid the minimum wage for all hours worked, never paid overtime compensation, never provided paid rest breaks, never provided accurate itemized wage statements, was not paid all wages due at the time of his termination, and had business expenses unlawfully deducted from his wages. In addition, the trucking company engaged in an unlawful scheme of entering into “lease to own agreements” for its trucks with no intention of ever selling the trucks. Our office filed a lawsuit to hold the trucking company accountable for its unlawful practices.
Bad Faith Insurance: Insured v. Insurance Company
Our client, the operator of a trucking company, had his truck vandalized and the cargo stolen by an employee. Prior to our office’s involvement, the broker of the cargo sued our client in Kentucky, and our client’s insurance company refused to cover the stolen cargo allowing the broker to obtain an almost six figure judgment against our client. Our office discovered the insurance company wrongfully denied coverage based on an insurance document that was never provided to our client. Our office filed an action against the insurance company for bad faith and breach of insurance contract.
Auto Accident: School Bus Driver v. Negligent Parties
While our client was driving on the freeway, traffic slowed and our client brought the school bus she was driving to a stop. Two vehicles that were traveling behind her failed to stop and one vehicle rear ended our client. When the insurance companies for the two drivers pointed fingers at each other and refused to pay our client for her personal injuries, our office filed a lawsuit to obtain damages for our client for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.
Breach of Contract: Workers’ Compensation Insurer v. Customer
Our office represents a customer of a workers’ compensation insurer in a breach of contract action. The insurer audited our client’s records and incorrectly determined that our client owed over $200,000 in backed insurance premiums. Subsequently, the insurer cancelled our client’s insurance and sued him for the backed premiums. Our office responded by denying the claims and asserting our own claims against the insurer for overcharging our client and wrongfully cancelling the insurance contract.
Gender Discrimination, Retaliation, and Wrongful Termination: Employee v. Bay Area Insurance Broker
Immediately after starting to work for the Broker Employer, our client was subjected to harassment and discrimination because she was female. Examples of the owner’s discriminatory conduct include our client being referred to as part of the owner’s new harem of women; the owner forcing the straw to his alcoholic beverage into our client’s mouth; belittling our client’s intelligence; stating all women are weak and cry; suggesting our client needed to be put in a cage in a dungeon; and stating all women are crazy, liars, and cheaters. When our client opposed the owner’s discriminatory practices and stood up for women in the workplace, our client was retaliated against and wrongfully terminated in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Wage & Hour: Employee v. Local Security Guard Company
Our client, an employee of the Defendant, was wrongfully subjected to working 13+ hour days, seven days a week, without the appropriate compensation or days off. After the employer was unwilling to pay our client the proper wages, our office filed a lawsuit seeking unpaid regular and overtime wages for our client, plus claims for liquidated damages, itemized wage statement penalties, and waiting time penalties which are designed to provide monetary compensation to penalize an employer for its wrongful employment practices.
Consumer Contract/Debt Collection: Bank v. Customer
Our client, a bank, loaned the Defendant money. When Defendant failed to make the scheduled payments, our office filed an action for breach of contract seeking payment on the full amount of the debt, plus attorney’s fees and costs pursuant to the contract.
Corporate, Contract, & Business Dispute: Shareholder v. Security Company
Prior to the formation of the corporate entity, our client was approached by two Stockton attorneys to form a security guard business using our client’s state license. After creating the corporation, our client was wrongfully excluded from the operation of the business, denied the promised financial compensation, and denied his shareholder status and benefits. Our office filed this action seeking compensation for the attorneys’ breach of contract and fraudulent dealings, as well as inspection of the corporation’s records and dissolution of the corporate entity.
Class Action Wage & Hour and Retaliation: Employees v. Large Local Non-Profit
Our office represents a group of employees who worked for a large local non-profit throughout the Central Valley. For several years, the non-profit had failed to pay its employees at least the minimum wage, failed to pay overtime compensation, failed to provide accurate itemized wage statements, and failed to reimburse employees of all necessary work expenses. When our clients complained about the company’s unlawful wage and hour practices, the non-profit retaliated against and wrongfully terminated our clients for whistleblowing.
Real Property Contract: Buyer v. Seller
Our client, the Plaintiff in this lawsuit, entered into a rental contract and an option contract with Defendant to “rent to own” a home in Stockton. When Defendant refused to honor Plaintiff’s option to purchase the home, our office filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Defendant to declare Plaintiff the owner of the home.
Business Contract: Stock Seller v. John Does and Businesses X & Y
Our office represents individual and business Defendants in this stock purchase contract dispute. Plaintiff’s lawsuit made numerous allegations from breach of contract to fraud to elder abuse. Our office responded by denying all of the allegations and asserting our own claims against the Plaintiff for breach of contract and fraud arising from the stock purchase contract.
ADA Defense: Alleged Customer v. Owner & Restaurant
Our office represents individual and business Defendants in this American with Disabilities Act “disability access” lawsuit. The Plaintiff, a serial litigator, allegedly visited our clients’ restaurant and encountered access barriers. Our office responded by denying the allegations and immediately took steps to reduce any penalties Plaintiff may claim he is entitled to.
Employment Disability Retirement: Employee v. Governmental Entity
While employed at a State Hospital, our client was injured while on the job. When our client was unable to continue working because of said injury, she applied for industrial disability retirement benefits with a governmental entity. After an administrative hearing, our office filed a petition for writ of mandate and obtained a Court Order awarding our client disability retirement benefits.
Class Action Wage & Hour: Employees v. Trucking Company
Employees were interstate truck drivers for a large Sacramento trucking company and were paid a piece rate or a per mile rate of compensation. The company’s compensation structure failed to compensate drivers at least the minimum wage. Drivers also did not receive accurate itemized wage statements, were not provided paid rest breaks, and unlawful deductions were made from their paychecks. We filed a class action and Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) lawsuit against the trucking company for said wage and hour violations.
Personal Injury/Dog Bite: Postal Worker v. Dog Owner
When our client, a postal worker, was delivering mail at the Defendant’s home, the Defendant’s dogs escaped the property, surrounded and attempted to attack our client, causing our client to be injured. When the homeowner failed to cooperate in the settlement of our client’s case, our office filed a complaint against the homeowner for strict liability and negligence.
Debt Collection: Collection Company v. Debtor
Our office represents the debtor in this debt collection matter which arose from the purchase of a commercial truck. Our client was unable to make the payments and returned the vehicle. When the lender sued the debtor for the full value of the debt, our office responded by denying the allegations and ensuring debtor received credit for the return of the vehicle.
Wage & Hour and Retaliation: Employee v. Local Flooring Company
Our office represents an employee who worked for a local flooring company for several years. Our client was to be paid a percentage of all flooring jobs he performed. The flooring company failed to pay our client the agreed upon compensation, failed to pay overtime premium compensation, failed to provide itemized wage statements, failed to provide paid rest breaks, and failed to reimburse our client for all necessary work expenses. When our client complained about the company’s unlawful wage and hour practices, the company retaliated against and wrongfully terminated our client for whistleblowing.
Age Discrimination and Wrongful Termination: Employee v. Local Manufacturer
Our client was employed at a local manufacturer for several years. Immediately prior to our client’s termination, the General Manager of the company made several comments regarding our client’s age, when he would retire, and negatively commenting on our client’s satisfactory performance. When our client, who was 80 years old, was terminated, our office filed a lawsuit against the company for age discrimination and wrongful termination in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Business Contract: Landlord v. Tenant & Broker
Our client entered into a contract with a real estate broker to lease commercial property. The Broker arranged for our client to lease the property to a Tenant. When the Tenant failed to make the rental payments and caused significant damage to the property, our office filed a lawsuit against the Tenant for breach of the rental contract and property damage. The Broker was included in the lawsuit as it had breached the contract and its fiduciary duty to our client.
Wage & Hour: Employee v. Local Professional
Our office represents an employee who worked for local professionals for several years and was paid a piece rate compensation. The professionals failed to compensate our client for overtime hours worked, failed to provide itemized wage statements, and failed to provide paid rest breaks. Our office has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for our client for the above-referenced unlawful wage and hour practices.
Personal Injury Trip & Fall: Jane Doe v. City
Our client was seriously injured when she was walking on a City sidewalk and tripped on an exposed metal bolt. It was discovered the City had negligently removed a pole from the sidewalk and failed to also remove the cement bolts that held the pole to the sidewalk. Our office filed a lawsuit against the City for negligence.