Typically when we see a wage and hour dispute it relates more to workers being forced to stay working past the end of their shift without pay. However, a recent case in California shows another side to overtime disputes. A lawsuit was brought against the Dole Food Co. which claimed that the time spent getting into and out of the mandatory safety equipment was time-consuming and resulted in unpaid overtime.
A woman in her 70s was working in a dentist's office, where she had been working for over 20 years, during which time there were no recorded disciplinary actions taken against her. In late December of 2010, she mentioned to her employer that she was contemplating retirement in the next few years. One day in mid-January of 2011, she asked to leave work early as she was feeling under the weather, not expecting to be fired for doing so.
A California nurse is suing her workplace for wrongful termination after being fired from her assistant nurse manager position after revealing that patients were allegedly being cared for unsafely at her hospital. She claims she was fired for reporting that there were serious errors in distribution of medication, improper transfers of patients to the wrong care units, as well as admission violations. She complained to her superiors of these issues for over a year, attempting to increase safety for the patients and present specific issues of patient care to the management.
Have you ever had one of those days when work isn't going very well and you want to commiserate with your coworkers? Many Los Angeles employees have, and it is common for people to air their grievances online on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.