Labor & Employment Wrongful Termination
Labor and employment discrimination is the practice of law that ensures the fair treatment of employees by their employers through the anti-discrimination laws and statutes related to employment.
General Civil actions including personal injury, medical malpractice, and business disputes.
Class action cases are lawsuits filed against employers on behalf of a group of employees who hold the same category of job and who have been subjected to the same improper conduct. These cases include misclassification as exempt from overtime, missed meal and rest breaks, unreimbursed expenses.
The Law Offices of Moss & Hough specializes in representing workers who are not properly paid. In the past, we have represented both individuals and groups who have not received, among other things, minimum wages, overtime wages, meal and rest breaks, vacation pay and reimbursable expenses required by law. Past clients include: wait-staff and bus staff, computer technicians and IT help desk personnel, sales clerks, office clerks, hairdressers and salon staff, housekeepers, truck drivers, RNs LVNs and dental hygienists and residential apartment managers.
Here are some examples:
A server at a fine dining restaurant in San Francisco received "shift pay" for shifts that ranged from 7 to 10 hours, which amounted to less than the minimum hourly wage. The restaurant required her to unlawfully pool her tips with non-servers, including managers and our client rarely received meal and break times as required by law. We obtained $60,000 in compensation for her as an individual.
Information Technology (IT) Technicians:
One of our clients was employed on a salary basis as an IT Technician for a manufacturer and worked in excess of 60 hours per week every week making sure that company computers were up and running and solving employee problems/questions. Although she earned a relatively high annual salary, she was mis-classified as exempt from overtime. The law requires that to be exempt, an IT Professional must hold an advanced degree and earn at least $47.81 per hour. Many people in this field are mis-classified, underpaid and entitled to overtime wages. The client was paid $80,000 in compensation for unpaid overtime.
We filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of retail associates/clerks working for a nationwide shoe retailer. This company mis-classified its' employees as "managers" when they did not supervise two or more full-time employees and spent most of their time selling shoes to customers and stocking shelves rather than engaging in management duties. These "managers" were not paid for all of the overtime hours they worked and were not provided with proper meal and rest breaks. The class of approximately 50 employees shared a 2.2 million settlement.
Moss & Hough has had several class-action suits against the salon industry. Some salons illegally deduct overhead expenses such as hair color and shampoo from the wages of their commission-based employees forcing employees to bear the overhead costs of the salon. These businesses often structure their employees' schedules such that they rarely receive meal and break times and are not properly paid the overtime hours they work.
Although the industries in which these clients work are different, many of their claims are the similar. As you can see from our current and past clients, we have the experience and determination to fight for individuals (or groups) against companies who are illegally exploiting them.