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Assisted small high tech company to achieve a non-suit in a breach of contract case after plaintiff presented her case to the jury in which plaintiff sought damages in excess of $2.0 million.
Assisted operator of hotel obtain defense verdict on lawsuit brought by owner of hotel who claimed in excess of $900,000 in damages arising from alleged mismanagement of hotel. Also, assisted operator collect damages against owner for terminating contract early without giving required noticed. Obtained and collected six figure attorney's fee award for operator of hotel who successfully defended claims brought by owner.
Assisted owner of two soft serve ice cream frachises obtain defense verdict against former employee who claimed wrongful termination and loss of share of profits from operations after being terminated for mismanaging franchises.
After successfully representing former employee against same company, assisted manufacturer's represenative in obtaining seven figure judgment and confidential settlement in case against distributor of air fresheners who refused to pay on percentage sales contract once sales volume increased as a result of manufacturer's representative efforts. Following judgment, received appellate court order directing trial court to award client treble damages and attorneys' fees after trial court had found that treble damages statute did not apply and refused to award attorney's. Successful appeal lead to treble damages award and attorney's fee award resulting in a total judgment of more than three times original trial court judgment.
Assisting former employee of a division of a major automobile manufacturer who was was misclassified as an independent contractor. Missclassifying this client as a contractor rather than an employee results in several categories of potential liability to the former employer. Those categories of potential liability include:
FICA Taxes Paid by Client
By being him as an independent contractor, TRD avoided paying FICA taxes which should have been paid by it as opposed to our client. The FICA taxes were incurred at the rate of 7.65% of the total income earned by our client during the entire period of his employment. Assuming a rate of compensation of $1,400 per week for 136 weeks, the liability to the company is $14,565.50. This amount was calculated as follows: 136 weeks x $1400 per week x .0765 = $14,565.50.
During this period, our client worked overtime hours. Our client was paid for the hours worked but was not paid at the rate of 1.5 times his usual hourly rate.
Pay Stub Violations
Labor Code Section 226 requires certain information as set forth therein to be included on an itemized statement provided to the employee with each pay check. In this claim, we contend that the employer did not provide the accurate information on our client's pay stubs or otherwise provide the information required by Labor Code Section 226 with each pay check. An employee not receiving the information required by Labor Code Section 226 is entitled to recover all of his actual damages or $50.00 for the initial violation and $100 for each subsequent violation. The maximum penalty under Labor Code Section 226 is $4,000.00.
Unpaid Employment Benefits
By classifying our client as an independent contractor rather than an employee, the employer avoided paying our client, a vehicle allowance, 401(K) benefits, paid holidays and other benefits provided to other similarly situated employees. We believe this aspect of the claim is subtantial. We have been advised that in this industry, typically 35 cents for every dollar of wages is incurred on employee benefits.
Waiting Time Penalties
Pursuant to the Labor Code Section 203, an employer who initiates termination must pay all compensation due and owing immediately upon termination. Labor Code § 201. In this case, TRD initiated the termination. Where the employer willfully violates Labor Code § 201, Labor Code § 203 provides for waiting time penalties of one day for every day the payment is late up to 30 days. Willful for purposes of Labor Code § 203 means failing to do what the law requires. We believe the waiting time penalties apply to this case. Assuming a rate of pay of $1400 per week, the amount owed for waiting time penalties under this section is $8.400.00. This amount was calculated as follows: $35.00 per hour x 8 hours per day x 30 days = $8,400.00.
Loss of Unemployment Benefits
IF our client had been properly classified as an employee, he would be entitled to unemployment benefits at the rate of $450.00 per week. Pursuant to the national bureau of labor statistics, the average length of time required to find replacement employment is 24.50 weeks. Accordingly, the failure to properly classify our client as an employee will cost him approximately 11,025 in lost unemployment benefits assuming only that he is unemployed the average length of time. We believe that this is an appropriate aspect of damages in this case.
Interest is owed on the unpaid wage and hour benefits our client is entitled to received.
Attorney's fees and costs are recoverable puruant to Labor Code Sections 218.5 and 1194.
We believe the total exposure to the former employer is in excess of 100% of the former employees annual salary.
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