Results

Our attorneys have successfully recovered over $200,000,000 for clients within the past ten years alone.

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The following are synopses of just some of our results within the last several years.

Cisco
$20,000,000

Plaintiff filed a complaint against Cisco, a worldwide manufacturer and provider of information technology services who employs several "engineers" that were allegedly classified as "salary exempt" irrespective of their duties or daily tasks. This wage and hour class action sought the recovery of unpaid overtime compensation. Plaintiff alleged that he (a Level II and III Software Engineer from 1999-2006) and the Class were misclassified as exempt and were not paid overtime compensation to which they allegedly were entitled under California law for work performed in excess of eight hours per day or forty hours per week and not provided meal periods and rest breaks to which they allegedly were entitled under California Law; that Cisco failed to pay to him and other Class Members wages that allegedly were due at the time of their termination; that Cisco failed to provide itemized wage statements in accordance with California Labor Code section 226(a); and that in engaging in these alleged practices, Cisco also violated California Business and Professions Code section 17200.

Bank of America
$16,650,000

A class action was filed on behalf of current and former mortgage loan officers of Bank of America against Bank of America National Association alleging violation of California laws by failing to reimburse mortgage loan officers for business expenses, including cell phone usage and mileage and by making unlawful deductions from mortgage loan officer wages. Bank of America agreed to settle the matter for $16.65 million

Toys 'R' Us
$7,500,000

Plaintiffs filed a Complaint against Toys 'R' Us, Inc. (a US toy store chain) on behalf of themselves and all employees similarly situated. The Complaint alleged failure to pay wages for off the clock time, meal and rest period violations, and waiting time penalties for late payment of wages due upon termination or employment. Class sought restitution for unpaid wages and meal and rest period violations.

VMWare
$6,500,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against VMWARE (a worldwide IT product distributor who employs several "engineers" that were allegedly classified as "salary exempt" irrespective of their duties or daily tasks) on behalf of himself (a QA Engineer) and all employees who worked for VMWARE in California as software engineers, test engineers, systems administrators, QA engineers (platform solutions –automation engineer and manual testing), and QA 2 engineers (platform solutions – manual testing). This wage and hour class action sought the recovery of overtime compensation. In his complaint, Plaintiff alleged that VMWARE violated the California Labor Code and California Business & Professions Code § 17200 by classifying individuals in the enumerated job categories as exempt from payment of overtime under California law, failing to provide meal periods and rest breaks as required under the California Labor Code, and failing to provide adequate itemized wage statements. Plaintiff sought compensatory damages, restitution under California Business & Professions Code § 17200, and penalties under the Labor Code.

Big Lots
$6,500,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Big Lots Stores (the nation's largest broadline closeout retailer) on behalf of herself and all persons working as non-exempt employees who performed services in California during or after the four-year period prior to the filing of the Complaint. Plaintiff's Complaint alleged causes of action for failure to pay wages, overtime, and off the clock work; failure to provide meal and rest periods or compensation in lieu thereof; failure to provide rest periods or compensation in lieu thereof; failure to pay wages to terminated or resigned employees; knowing and intentional failure to comply with itemized employee wage statement provisions; and violations of Business and Professions Code sections 17200, et seq.

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Panda Express
$3,250,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Panda Express (the fastest growing Chinese restaurant chain in North America) on behalf of current and former employees. The Complaint included causes of action for violation of Labor Code section 226.7 for failing to provide meal periods or compensation in lieu thereof and violations of Labor Code section 203 for failing to timely pay all wages due when an employee separates from the company (waiting time penalties).

Lending Tree
$2,500,000

Plaintiffs filed a Complaint against Lending Tree (an online marketplace of lenders where consumers can complete a loan request and compare offers from competing lenders) on behalf of loan officers, mortgage bankers, equity specialists, and any similar positions, bringing causes of action for unpaid overtime, failure to provide meal breaks, unauthorized deductions, waiting time penalties, improper wage statements and unfair business practices.

Patina
$2,400,000

 

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against The Patina Group, LLC., (a bicoastal boutique restaurant and food service company) on behalf of current and former non-exempt employees. The Complaint sought damages, penalties and remedies for failure to provide meal and rest periods, failure to pay overtime wages, failure to provide proper itemized wage statements, violations of the California Business and Professions Code, sections 17200 et seq.

Kraft Foods
$2,000,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Kraft Foods on behalf of herself and others similarly situated as a representative of the Settlement Class. Plaintiff alleged failure to provide meal periods or compensation in lieu thereof, failure to provide rest periods or compensation in lieu thereof, failure to pay wages of terminated or resigned employees, knowing and intentional failure to comply with itemized wage statement provisions, and violation of unfair competition law (Business and Professions Code ァ17200). The Complaint sought recovery of unpaid meal period premiums, unpaid rest period premiums, declaratory relief, penalties, attorney's fees and costs, and pre-judgment interest. The case recently settled for $2,000,000.

Outback Steakhouse
$2,000,000

Plaintiffs filed a Complaint against T-Bird Restaurant Group, Inc. "Outback Steakhouse" (an Australian steakhouse restaurant) on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated. The Complaint alleged failure to allow meal periods and rest breaks to hourly paid employees pursuant to California Labor Code §226.7, waiting time penalties, and unfair business practices under the Business & Professions Code §17200. The Complaint sought recovery of unpaid wages, compensatory damages, penalties for missed meal periods and rest breaks, waiting time penalties, and penalties pursuant to Labor Code §2699.

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Burlington Coat Factory
$1,800,000

A class action was filed on behalf of current and former Burlington Coat Factory employees. The Complaint alleged failure to pay for off the clock security checks as well as failure to provide adequate meal and rest breaks. Carter Law Firm helped recover $1.8M for clients.

Ruth's Chris
$1,625,000

 

Plaintiffs filed a Complaint against Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (a chain of fine dining, US steakhouses) on behalf of themselves and all employees similarly situated. The Complaint alleged failure to pay wages, failure to provide rest periods and meal breaks, violation of the unfair competition law of the California Business and Professional Codes §17200, and failure to provide uniforms and tools.

Red Robin
$2,000,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Red Robin International, Inc. (a chain of casual dining restaurants headquartered in Colorado) on behalf of himself and all California restaurant employees of Defendant Red Robin. The Complaint alleged failure to provide meal and rest periods under the California Labor Code §1194, failure to provide itemized wage statements, failure to pay wages upon termination and waiting time penalties under California Labor Code §203, and violation of California's unfair competition law.

DST Output
$1,250,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against DST Output, a leading provider of paper and electronic documents for customer communications, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated. The plaintiff alleged unpaid wages (Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938), meal or rest periods not provided per applicable law, unpaid meal or rest period premiums per applicable law, failure to provide itemized statements, failure to pay all wages due and owing upon termination of employment, unfair business practices or unfair competition; and/or Civil penalties under the Private Attorney General Act of 2004.

Dave and Busters
$1,190,000

 

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Dave and Busters, Inc. (an American restaurant and entertainment business headquartered in Dallas, Texas) on behalf of herself and all non-exempt employees. Plaintiff alleged failure to accurately pay all employees earned wages, failing to provide meal and rest periods, requiring employees to work off the clock without compensation, failing to pay all wages earned upon separation, and violations of the unfair competition law. Plaintiff and class members sought unpaid rest and meal period compensation, penalties, injunctive and other equitable relief.

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First Franklin
$1,190,000

 

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against First Franklin Financial Corporation (an employer of loan brokers and located in San Jose) on behalf of herself and others in the class. Plaintiff alleged failure to compensate First Franklin wholesale funders for overtime worked in violation of California Labor Code §1194, failure to provide its California wholesale funders with meal and rest periods, and failure to pay wages to terminated employees within the proper time resulting in waiting time penalties.

Babies-R-Us
$1,100,000

 

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Babies-R-Us (the world's leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer) individually and on behalf of the Plaintiff Class. Plaintiff alleged failure to pay overtime wages, failure to provide meal breaks, Labor Code §203 waiting time penalties, failure to provide accurate itemized wage statements, and unfair business practices in violation of Business & Professions Code §17200.

Red Robin
$820,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Red Robin International, Inc. (a chain of casual dining restaurants headquartered in Colorado) on behalf of himself and all current and former exempt California restaurant managers who were paid on an other than hourly basis. The Complaint alleged failure to pay overtime wages, failure to provide meal periods, failure to provide rest periods, waiting time penalties under California Labor Code §203, failure to provide itemized wage statements, and violations of unfair competition law.

Lone Star Steakhouse
$750,000

 

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon on behalf of himself and others similarly situated. The complaint contained causes of action for failure to pay overtime compensation, unlawful business practices, failure to provide meal periods, failure to provide rest periods, failure to provide itemized wage statements, failure to pay wages upon termination of employment, failure to pay minimum wages and failure to provide and maintain uniforms (violations of Labor Code sections 1194, 226.7, 512, 203 as well as California Business & Professions Code section 17200).

Hollister
$650,000

 

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Hollister Co. (an American lifestyle brand operated by Abercrombie & Fitch Co.) individually and on behalf of the class. Plaintiff alleged mandatory purchase of uniforms, failure to provide rest and meal breaks required by California law, off-the-clock work requirements that caused employee wages to fall below the rate set by applicable state minimum wage laws, failure to keep records of and correctly report hours worked, wages earned and rates of pay, and failure to timely pay wages due at termination.

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Hof's Hut
$650,000

 

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Hof's Hut Cerritos, Inc. (Southern California hamburger chain) individually and on behalf of others similarly situated. Plaintiff alleged: failure to pay wages by requiring employees to work off the clock, requiring employees to purchase and maintain their own uniforms, and requiring employees to report to work and failing to put them to work as scheduled without paying them for at least fifty percent of their scheduled hours; deducting from and requiring that employees provide for cash shortages, calculation errors, clerical errors, mistakes and voided sales and requiring employees to forfeit vacation pay; failure to provide employees with meal periods and rest breaks; failure to pay wages due to employees at termination; knowing failure to provide employees with itemized wage statements; and unfair competition in violation of Business and Professions Code §17200.

Pep Boys
$500,000

 

Compensation for underpaid wages for a class of workers consisting of automobile mechanics and technicians.

Old Navy / The Gap
$475,000

 

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Old Navy/The Gap (one of the world's largest specialty retailers) on behalf of herself and all persons similarly situated. Plaintiff's Complaint alleged failure to provide rest breaks and meal periods, failure to provide accurate itemized wage statements, failure to pay wages upon termination/resignation to Plaintiff and members of the class pursuant to Labor Code §203, violated Labor Code §2699 and engaged in unfair business practices under Business & Professions Code §17200. Case was settled for the amount of $475,000.

Aloha
$400,000

 

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Aloha Restaurants, Inc. (coastal restaurant chain) individually and on behalf of all employees similarly situated. Plaintiff alleged failure to pay wages, failure to provide rest periods and meal periods or compensation in lieu thereof, failure to pay wages of terminated or resigned employees, knowing and intentional failure to comply with itemized employee wage statement provisions, and unfair competition in violation of Business & Professions Code § 17200-17208.

Defendant XYZ Communications (Confidential Defendant)

$14,000,000

Plaintiffs filed a Complaint against a large communications holding company individually and on behalf of the settlement class members. Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants failed to pay overtime to the Settlement Class Members, failed to provide Settlement Class Members with meal breaks or pay a penalty in lieu of providing such breaks, failed to pay wages due at the time of termination, failed to provide accurate wage statements, failed to reimburse business expenses as to Service Managers and Service Executives, and engaged in unfair business practices.

Defendant XYZ Mass Merchandising Co. (Confidential Defendant)

$8,000,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against a mass merchandising company individually and as a representative of the Settlement Class. The complaint alleged causes of action under California law for failure to pay wages, failure to provide rest periods and meal periods or compensation in lieu thereof, failure to pay wages of terminated or resigned employees, knowing and intentional failure to comply with itemized employee wage statement provisions and violation of the unfair competition law.

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Defendant XYZ Auto Parts Store (Confidential Defendant)

$7,000,000

Plaintiffs filed numerous Complaints against a multi-billion dollar auto parts supply store on behalf of current and former hourly store employees. The Complaints claimed failure to provide meal and rest breaks, failure to pay minimum wage and overtime, failure to properly pay wages upon termination, inaccurate wage statements, failure to pay accrued vacation upon termination, failure to indemnify for the cost of buying and maintaining uniforms and equipment, failure to provide properly itemized wage statements, misclassification of store/retail managers as exempt from overtime, and unfair business practices under section 17200 of the Business & Professions Code.

Defendant XYZ Cellular Phone Company (Confidential Defendant)

$4,800,000

Over $4,800,000 in settlement funds for all hourly employees in California for meal and rest period violations, unreimbursed business expenses, failure to provide accurate wage statements and a variety of other wage and hour claims.

Defendant XYZ Security Services (Confidential Defendant)

$4,000,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against a leading global security services company individually and on behalf of the class who was employed in California. This class action sought back pay, overtime premiums, compensatory damages, economic and/or special damages, civil penalties, waiting time penalties, injunctive relief and declaratory relief for the alleged failure to provide meal periods and rest periods and the alleged failure to comply with applicable itemized employee wage statement provisions under the California Wage Orders, the California Labor Code, and under the California Business and Professions Code, Sections 17000 et seq.

Defendant XYZ Furniture Retailer (Confidential Defendant)

$2,800,000

Plaintiff filed Complaint against an international home products retailer on behalf of himself and all non-exempt employees. The Complaint alleged failure to provide meal breaks pursuant to California Labor Code section §226.7, waiting time penalties pursuant to Labor Code Section §203, and unlawful and unfair business acts and practices in violation of California Business & Professions Code §17200.

Defendant XYZ Ambulance Company (Confidential Defendant)

$1,700,000

Over $1,700,000 recovered on behalf of a group of emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, respiratory therapists and field training officers.

Defendant XYZ Specialty Beverage Retailer (Confidential Defendant)

$1,500,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against a specialty beverage retailer on behalf of certain current and former employees as a representative of the Settlement Class. Plaintiff alleged failure to provide meal periods or compensation in lieu thereof, failure to pay wages of terminated or resigned employees, knowing and intentional failure to comply with itemized wage statement provisions, and violation of unfair competition law (Business and Professions Code ァ17200).

Defendant XYZ Restaurant Chain (Confidential Defendant)

$1,400,000

Plaintiffs filed Complaints against a chain of seafood restaurants on behalf of themselves and a purported class of similarly situated employees. The Complaints claimed failure to provide meal periods, rest periods and overtime compensation to front and back of house non-exempt employees in accordance with the California Labor Code, waiting time penalties under California Law, failure to provide accurate wage statements, and unlawful provisions of compensatory time violation of Business and Professions Code section 17200.

Defendant XYZ Restaurant (Confidential Defendant)

$1,150,000

Plaintiff filed Complaint against an eatery with nationwide locations on behalf of class members. The Complaint alleged that employees were required to clock out for meal periods that were not taken, were not provided with required meal and rest periods, were not provided reporting pay time, were forced to purchase the tools and/or instruments and uniforms from employer, were forced to work off the clock, were forced to forfeit vacation pay, were not provided with itemized pay. It was also alleged that the employer deducted monies from employees' wages for clerical errors, mistakes, negligent calculation errors, breakages, cash shortages, void sales and lost equipment as well as failed to pay all outstanding wages at termination.

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Defendant XYZ Retail (Confidential Defendant)

$950,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against a women's apparel and accessories retailer on behalf of herself and as a representative of the Settlement Class. Plaintiff alleged meal period violations (California Labor Code §226.7, 512); rest period violations; failure to pay wages; failure to pay wages of terminated employees (California Labor Code §201-203); inaccurate wage statements; and unlawful business practices under the California Business & Professions Code §17200.

Defendant XYZ Airport Services (Confidential Defendant)

$870,000

Plaintiff filed Complaint against a provider of airport services on behalf of class members. The Complaint alleged failure to pay wages, failure to provide meal periods and/or compensation in lieu thereof, failure to provide rest periods and/or compensation, failure to pay wages of terminated or resigned employees, knowing and intentional failure to comply with itemized employee wage statement provisions, and violation of the unfair competition law.

Defendant XYZ Mortgage Company (Confidential Defendant)

$690,000

$690,000 recovered on behalf of a class of loan officers and transaction coordinators.

Defendant XYZ Clothing Manufacturer (Confidential Defendant)

$650,000

$650,000 recovered on behalf of a group of factory workers for off the clock working violations and several other wage claims.

Defendant XYZ Athletic Apparel Company (Confidential Defendant)

$500,000

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against an athletic apparel company on behalf of herself and other current and former non-exempt employees working in California stores at any time from March 26, 2005 to the early 2010. Plaintiff alleged failure to provide meal periods or compensation in lieu thereof, failure to provide rest periods or compensation in lieu thereof, failure to pay wages, failure to timely pay wages due at termination, knowing and intentional failure to comply with itemized employee wage statement provisions, and unfair competition law.

Defendant XYZ Consultants (Confidential Defendant)

$487,500

Plaintiff filed a Complaint against an agency specializing in the treatment of developmental disorders individually and on behalf of all employees similarly situated. Plaintiff alleged that she and the Class were not reimbursed for necessary business expenses, were not provided meal periods and rest breaks to which they allegedly were entitled under California law, were not paid wages for all time worked, were not paid wages that allegedly were due at the time of their termination, and were not provided itemized wage statements in accordance with California Labor Code section 226(a), thus violating California Business and Professions Code section 17200.

Defendant XYZ Truck Drivers (Confidential Defendant)

$300,000

The firm settled an employment class action with a national company for $300,000.

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