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Chipotle to Pay $20 Million to Workers for Unpaid Sick Leave, Scheduling Violations

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. agreed to pay $20 million to an estimated 13,000 current and former employees of its restaurants in New York City to settle a claim that the chain repeatedly violated laws governing sick leave and scheduling. The …

Seattle Ending COVID Hazard Pay for Grocery Store Workers

The Seattle City Council has voted to end COVID-19 hazard pay for grocery store workers. The Seattle Times reports the council voted 5-2 on Tuesday, with Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Teresa Mosqueda absent, to repeal a policy passed in early …

Oregon Heat Wave Puts State Workplace Safety Rules to Test

New state rules require access to water, shade and breaks on hot days, but workers say they’re still laboring in unsafe conditions. Skyler Fischer is forklift driver at a Fred Meyer distribution center in the town of Clackamas. He’s been …

Settlement Made in Louisiana Workers’ Crawfish Processing Suit

Six migrant workers would share in a total of more than $21,000 in the proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed last year alleging that a Louisiana crawfish processing business underpaid them in violation of minimum wage laws. The proposed settlement …

Tesla Worker in California Rejects $15M Payout in Race Bias Lawsuit

A Black former elevator operator at Tesla Inc.’s TSLA.O flagship California assembly plant on Tuesday rejected a $15 million award in his lawsuit alleging racial abuse by coworkers, opening the door for a new trial after a judge slashed a …

Deaf Job Applicant in Oregon Wins $225K Settlement for Discrimination

A Portland, Oregon, software company and its staffing agency will each pay $112,500 to a deaf job applicant who said they refused to hire him because he requested a sign-language interpreter at a group job interview. Viewpoint Construction Software’s technology …

$460M Awarded to Former Workers Who Sued California Utility

Two men who sued saying they were forced out of their jobs at a Southern California utility after complaining about sexual and racial harassment have been awarded $440 million in punitive damages, attorneys said. A Los Angeles County jury awarded …

Amazon Workers Close in on California Trial to Recoup Work-at-Home Expenses

Amazon.com Inc. workers seeking to recoup expenses they incurred while working from home during the pandemic moved a step closer to trial when a California judge threw out the e-commerce giant’s request to dismiss the lawsuit. California-based engineer, David Williams, …

McDonald’s Investors Demand Civil Rights Audit in Close Vote

McDonald’s Corp. investors voted in favor of a proposal calling for an independent civil-rights audit, going against the company’s recommendation, according to preliminary vote totals viewed by Bloomberg. The fast-food chain joins the ranks of other large businesses facing a …

Judge Rules California’s Women in Boards Law Is Unconstitutional

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California’s landmark law requiring women on corporate boards is unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis said the law that would have required boards have up to three female directors by this year violated …