As you know, pest control workers remove unwanted creatures, such as roaches, rats, ants, bedbugs, and termites that infest buildings and surrounding areas. What you may not know is that if you are a California Pest Control Technician you can bring a class action lawsuit against your employer for wages that you worked hard for.
Based upon our investigation, most pest control companies in California are violating California’s wage and hour laws. Most California pest control technicians are not receiving the wages that they are entitled to receive under California wage and hour laws.
What are California Pest Control Technician Worker Class Action Lawsuits About?
The California Supreme Court issued a ground-breaking decision in Brinker v. Superior Court in 2012. In the Brinker case the Supreme Court stated the requirements that employers in California must follow in order to meet its duty to provide meal periods to California workers. Our law firm is one of the Plaintiff’s counsel in the Brinker case. We represent over 100,000 workers in the largest wage and hour case in California.
Since then our law firm is successfully bringing case after case against California employers that are violating these basic duties to provide meal periods/ lunches and rest periods. We are now taking what the Supreme Court held in the Brinker case to the California pest control industry.
What we have found is that most California pest control companies don’t properly pay overtime and don’t provide legal and compliant meal periods/ lunches and rest periods. Many are illegally using what is called auto-meal deduct in order to deduct a half hours pay.
You are entitled to overtime pay at time and one-half, an hours pay for every missed meal period/ lunch, an hour’s pay for missed rest period, waiting time penalties and interest. I call this the “joy of math” how quickly this all adds up.
What Can You Do?
If you are a current or former California Pest Control Technician Worker you can file a class action lawsuit in order to enforce your rights. And - importantly - get your fair wages back. This is money wages that are owed to you. You work hard for you money - you shouldn’t let the company get rich with money wages owed to you.
Making the Law: Bill Turley Help draft the recent changes to PAGA laws
The Private Attorneys Generals Act (PAGA) is a case where aggrieved employees are, in effect, deputized to recover civil penalties on behalf of themselves, other employees, and the State of California for Labor Code violations. The PAGA laws were enacted because the State of California has inadequate resources to enforce California wage laws.
Bill helped draft recent changes to the PAGA laws. Bill was the wage and hour lawyer that sat met with the Governor’s office to help write the new PAGA amendments.
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