Perkins Coie's Calif. Unit Illegally Deducted Pay, Suit Says

Law360, New York (May 7, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT) -- A putative class action filed in California federal court Friday alleges Perkins Coie LLP and its California unit illegally deducted thousands of dollars from attorneys' paychecks when they elected to work for the California branch rather than join the Seattle-based national partnership.

Named plaintiff Harold DeGraff said in his complaint that while he was employed by Perkins Coie California PC, the firm improperly made deductions from his wages for expenses such as workers' compensation insurance, Medicare costs and 401(k) employer matching contributions.

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