Individual Worker Inquiries Doom Joe's Crab Shack Class

Law360, New York (May 25, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT) -- A California judge shot down a motion for class certification Wednesday in a overtime and meal break case brought on behalf of Joe's Crab Shack managers, holding that a class action wasn't the best way to resolve the case because of the need for individual inquiries.

Judge Charles F. Palmer's ruling pointed out that plaintiffs Lisa Saldana, Craig Eriksen and Chanel Rankin-Stephens all said in depositions that they were unable to estimate the number of hours they spent on exempt versus nonexempt tasks, and that the...
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