Objectors Can't Topple $4.5M Goodwill Wage Settlement

By Jon Steingart (August 18, 2020, 9:21 PM EDT) -- Two Goodwill workers have failed to persuade a California appeals court that a judge was wrong to approve a $4.5 million wage and hour settlement that provided payouts to thousands of employees.

A unanimous three-judge panel on Monday affirmed the lower court's approval of the settlement involving about 10,500 employees, turning down objections filed by class members Juan Arias and Maria Clemente. The settlement ended claims that the company required staff to work through meal breaks mandated by California law, had people work off the clock and did not factor in bonuses when calculating overtime pay rates.

Arias and Clemente contended...

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