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Bill Could Let Calif. Award Minimum Wage Damages

Law360 (February 7, 2011, 7:42 PM EST) -- A new bill introduced in the California State Legislature would allow the state's labor commissioner to award liquidated damages in minimum wage disputes, relief that currently can only be handed out by courts.

The bill, introduced Thursday by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, is designed to help minimum wage workers obtain the same relief through the state's labor commissioner as they'd get at court. Hiring an attorney is expensive, making the labor commissioner a more feasible route for workers to adjudicate their claims, explained Luis Quinonez, Bonilla's...
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