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San Diego Wrongful Termination Attorney

 

San Diego Wrongful Termination Attorney by Hogue & Belong Law

Case: John Doe v. Tech Company

Court: Superior Court of San Diego

Judges: Eddie C. Sturgeon

Date: September 11, 2017

Recovery: Confidential settlement of $564,528.86

Facts and Allegations

San Diego Wrongful Termination AttorneyJohn Doe was over the age of 40 years old and was laid off by a global Tech Company pursuant to a large ongoing systematic practice of reducing its workforce. The allegations included that the Tech Company’s workforce reduction disparately impacted employees 40 years of age and older – which is illegal. Learn More


San Diego Sexual Harassment Lawyers

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San Diego Sexual Harassment Lawyers by Hogue & Belong Law Firm

Case: Juanita Roe v. Doe Southern California Fast Food Chicken Franchise (Case No. PC056311)

Court: Los Angeles Superior Court

Date: June 23, 2017

Result: Hogue & Belong obtained a confidential settlement of $250,000.00

Facts & Allegations

A female cashier who worked for approximately 11 months at one of Defendant’s fast food chicken restaurant franchises was sexually harassed by several male employees and sexually assaulted by one male employee.

One of the woman’s male co-workers (“Jose Doe”) frequently solicited her for sex while at the restaurant telling her things (in Spanish) like, “I need you;” “I’m so hot for you;” “let’s go to a motel;” etc. When she refused, Jose Doe became more aggressive, grabbing her breasts and buttocks. Then, after months of her rejection, Doe cornered her in a walk-in refrigerator in the restaurant and forcefully grabbed and squeezed her vagina with one hand while trying to hold her with his other hand. The woman escaped and filed a police report that day.

San Diego Sexual Harassment Lawyers  A local Los Angeles law office brought Hogue & Belong to act as co-counsel in the case. The extent to which the female employee complained to her supervisors about Doe’s sexual touching and comments prior to the sexual assault in the refrigerator was heavily disputed and unclear based on the collective testimony. The case settled at mediation. learn more


San Diego Sexual Harassment Lawyer

 

San Diego Sexual Harassment Lawyer by Hogue & Belong Law Group

Case: Jane Doe v. Roe Hospital

Court: Arbitration

Date: August 23, 2017

Result: Hogue & Belong obtained a confidential settlement of $325,000.00

Facts & Allegations

San Diego Sexual Harassment LawyerA female employee who worked at a drug rehabilitation center was sexually harassed by a female supervisor (“Kimberly Smith”). Kimberly Smith invited Jane Doe over to her house, whispered and pressed her lips against Jane Doe’s ears, and gave her tight prolonged hugs. Kimberly Smith also talked about her sex life, and touched Jane Doe’s leg while driving in her car during work. Once Jane Doe complained to human resources, Kimberly Smith started putting Jane Doe under closer scrutiny. Shortly thereafter, Jane Doe was placed on suspension, and then later fired. Through their investigation, Hogue & Belong uncovered that Kimberly Smith sexually harassed another former employee, and that employee was forced to quit. learn more


San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Attorney

 

San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Attorney by Hogue & Belong Law

CaseRivera, et al. v. Grand Pacific Resort Services, L.P. (Case No. 37-2012-37-2012-00086103-CU-OE-CTL)

Court: Superior Court of San Diego

Judges: Joel E. Pressman

Date: January 17, 2017

Recovery: Total settlement of $1,686,000 in favor of approximately 1,200 housekeepers.

Facts and Allegations

Defendant Grand Pacific Resorts Services, L.P. (“Hotels”) is the parent company of approximately 19 resorts and hotels throughout California, with its headquarters in Carlsbad.

San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Attorney When occupancy rates would go up, the more cleaning staff was needed.  Instead of employing more part-time employees, the Hotels would use “staffing agencies” to fill the positions when the work required.  But, aside from paying them, the staffing agencies had no involvement in the day-to-day operations of the housekeepers.  And, when the Hotels changed staffing agencies in order to get a better price, it would still use same housekeepers.

The staffing agencies, nor the Hotels were paying these housekeepers for, among other things, premium pay for late or missed meal periods, and overtime worked.  Plaintiffs claimed that the Hotel was the joint employer of those housekeepers staffed by third parties, and was required to follow California law.

The parties settled pre-certification. learn more


Sexual Harassment San Diego Lawyer

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Sexual Harassment San Diego Lawyer by Hogue & Belong Law

Case: Juanita Roe v. Doe Southern California Fast Food Chicken Franchise (Case No. PC056311)

Court: Los Angeles Superior Court

Date: June 23, 2017

Result: Hogue & Belong obtained a confidential settlement of $250,000.00

Facts & Allegations

A female cashier who worked for approximately 11 months at one of Defendant’s fast food chicken restaurant franchises was sexually harassed by several male employees and sexually assaulted by one male employee.

Sexual Harassment San Diego LawyerOne of the woman’s male co-workers (“Jose Doe”) frequently solicited her for sex while at the restaurant telling her things (in Spanish) like, “I need you;” “I’m so hot for you;” “let’s go to a motel;” etc. When she refused, Jose Doe became more aggressive, grabbing her breasts and buttocks. Then, after months of her rejection, Doe cornered her in a walk-in refrigerator in the restaurant and forcefully grabbed and squeezed her vagina with one hand while trying to hold her with his other hand. The woman escaped and filed a police report that day.

A local Los Angeles law office brought Hogue & Belong to act as co-counsel in the case. The extent to which the female employee complained to her supervisors about Doe’s sexual touching and comments prior to the sexual assault in the refrigerator was heavily disputed and unclear based on the collective testimony. The case settled at mediation. learn more


San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Attorneys

 

San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Attorneys by Hogue & Belong Law

Case: Miceli v. Doe Coffee (Case No. BC557239)

Court: Superior Court of Los Angeles

Judges: Honorable Amy D. Hogue; Honorable Maren E. Nelson

Date: May 31, 2017

Recovery: Hogue & Belong obtained a settlement of $2,375,000 against Doe Coffee.

Facts and Allegations

San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) AttorneysDefendant Doe Coffee company has locations in several states and about 10,000 hourly employees in the State of California.  This Coffee company had an illegal meal break waiver.  California law requires that an employer provide and authorize each employee one 30-minute meal no later than the end of the fifth hour of work.  The meal period can be waived so long as (1) the employee works no more than 6 hours, and (2) there is mutual consent by the employer and the employee.   To save on labor costs, Coffee company scheduled its employees for 6 hour shifts, and automatically waived its employees’ entitlement to a meal break, not giving the employee a say in the matter.   If the employer violates the meal period laws, then the employer owes one hour at your hourly rate as a penalty.

Hogue & Belong and their co-counsel were able to obtain compensation on behalf of all hourly coffee workers for this illegal meal break waiver. learn more


California Sexual Harassment Attorney

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California Sexual Harassment Attorney | Hogue & Belong Law

Case: Jane Does 1 through 4 v. Roe Prison Transitional Facility

Court: Superior Court of California

Date: April 19, 2017

Result: Hogue & Belong obtained a confidential settlement of $725,000.00

Facts & Allegations

Four women who worked for a correctional facility government contractor were sexually harassed by the Director during their employment.

California Sexual Harassment AttorneyThe Director separately and discretely solicited each of the women for dates, kisses, massages, sexual contact, sexual intercourse (both oral and vaginal) and other sexual favors in exchange for implicit agreements to consider them for promotions, pay raises, time-off of work, and flexibility with their schedules. The Director also engaged in unwanted touching, such as kissing, touching female employees’ lower backs and buttocks. The Director also engaged in unwanted sexual comments including telling female employees: they should leave their boyfriend, that he (the Director) has a hard time staying faithful to his wife, and that they should accompany him to his hotel for drinks. The Director even suggested to one of the female employees he had been pursuing that she should abort her baby because she became pregnant with her boyfriend. The Director also secretly took compromising photographs of the women without their knowledge or permission, and then shared the photographs with other managerial staff. None of the managerial employees did anything to stop or report the abusive and harassing behavior.

The four plaintiffs also witnessed other sexually suggestive behavior and comments directed to other females employees. The matter settled shortly after it was filed. learn more


San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Lawyers

 

San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Lawyers by Hogue & Belong Law

Case: John and Jane Does 1 through 6 v. Global Wireless Mobile Telephone Service Provider (Case No. 37-2010-37-2012-00076945-CU-OE-SC). San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Lawyers

Court: Superior Court of San Diego

Judges: Steven R. Denton; Randa Trapp

Date: May 5, 2015

Recovery: Hogue & Belong obtained a settlement of $2,750,000 against Defendant Mobile Service Provider for the class members.  

Facts and Allegations

Defendant Mobile Service Provider is one of the world’s s largest providers of mobile telephone service and products.  It employs tens of thousands of employees worldwide, of which several thousand are California based retail employees. 

San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) LawyersThese retail employees make hourly wages.  In addition to their hourly rate, they also earn commissions on various products and services they sell.  Plaintiffs alleged that retail employees were constantly being underpaid commissions due to an incorrect computer algorithm.  This computer glitch caused each employee to be underpaid up to hundreds of dollars per month.  The failure to pay for all commissions owed is a violation of several California statutes. 

Hogue & Belong and their co-counsel were able to obtain a significant payout to the class members.  learn more


San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Legal Services

Category : Verdicts & Awards

 

San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Legal Services | Hogue & Belong Law

CaseCarralero et al. v. Sharp Healthcare, et al. (Case No. 37-2012-37-2012-00093623-CU-OE-CTL) San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Legal Services

Court: Superior Court of San Diego

Judges: Timothy B. Taylor

Date: August 22, 2014

Recovery: Hogue & Belong obtained a total settlement of $1,825,000 against Sharp Healthcare for the class members.

Facts and Allegations

Sharp Healthcare is one of the biggest hospitals and one of the largest employers in San Diego County.

San Diego CLASS ACTION (Wage & Hour) Legal ServicesIn Carralero v. Sharp, Plaintiffs successfully certified a class of approximately 5,000 employees for claims regarding unlawful wage statements and unlawful Alternative Workweek Schedules (“AWS”).  Specifically, Plaintiffs alleged Sharps’ wage statements violated California Labor Code section 226 because it had a line item of pay entitled, “RETRO” but failed to include any other information to help the employee figure out how “RETRO” pay was calculated.  Further, Plaintiffs alleged Sharp’s AWS policy violated the California Wage Orders in that it failed to comply with minimum voting and notice requirements mandated by the applicable Wage Order.   Plaintiffs successfully obtained class certification allowing the case to move forward as a class action, and the case settled and was approved by the Court. learn more


CLASS ACTION San Diego Wage & Hour Attorney

 

CLASS ACTION San Diego Wage & Hour Attorney by Hogue & Belong Law

Case: Jane Does 1 through 5 v. Roe Hospital (Case No. 37-2010-00096421-CU-OE-CTL)

Court: Superior Court of San Diego

Judges: Steven R. Denton, Joel R. Wohfiel

Date: November 26, 2014

Recovery: Hogue & Belong obtained a settlement of $2,900,000 against Roe Hospital for the class members.

Facts and Allegations

Roe Hospital is the biggest hospital in San Diego County. It is one of the largest employers in San Diego. It employs approximately 18,000 at any given time.

The court certified plaintiffs’ time rounding claims. Plaintiffs’ alleged the rounding was unlawful because it was rounding to the nearest quarter hour and not compensating hourly employees for all of their work. For instance, if you clocked in at 7:57 am and clock out at 5:06 pm, Roe Hospitals time recording system would actually round the start time up to 8:00 am and would round the end time down to 5:00 pm, thus, the hourly employee would lose 9 minutes of time worked. Roe Hospital claimed their rounding system was lawful because some hourly employees gained time; thus, it all evened out.

Plaintiff also claimed that Roe Hospital was not factoring the benefits it provided to its hourly employees as part of the regular rate of pay, and, thus was calculating overtime incorrectly. Roe Hospital filed a motion for summary adjudication calling these benefits “perks” that were not required to be factored into the regular rate of pay for purposes of calculating overtime. The court denied Roe Hospital’s motion, and agreed with Plaintiffs that these benefits could not be disposed of as a matter of law.

Then, Plaintiffs certified a theory that Roe Hospital’s meal period policy did not allow its hourly employees a meal period within five hours.

Shortly thereafter, the case settled. learn more


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