Labor Commissioner Cites California Hotel $4.7M for Violating COVID-19 Right to Recall Law

October 19, 2023

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office cited Hyatt Regency Long Beach $4.79 million for reportedly failing to timely offer job positions to 25 employees laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic once the hotel increased its business operations and began rehiring employees.

The employees included restaurant servers, event servers, bartenders, housepersons, turndown attendants, cashiers and stewards.

The office started an investigation in September 2022 after reportedly receiving complaints from numerous workers of the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. The investigation included issuing subpoenas, interviewing workers and conducting depositions of human resources managers.

The office issued a citation against Hyatt Regency Long Beach for 8,983 aggregate days of violations under the law. The law allows liquidated damages of $500 per worker for each day the employee’s recall rights are violated. The $4.79 million citation will be paid to the 25 affected employees.

The Right to Recall law requires employers in the hospitality and building services industries to offer available job openings that are the same or similar to jobs held by workers laid off during the pandemic based on company seniority. The law went into effect on April 16, 2021 and was extended to Dec. 31, 2025.

Topics California COVID-19

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