SoCal Gas Workers' PAGA Claims Can Proceed: Appeals Court

Law360, Los Angeles (March 28, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT) -- A California appellate court Thursday tentatively revived a wage-and-hour suit on behalf of about 3,000 Southern California Gas Co. field operations workers who say they were forced to work during breaks, saying class certification was properly denied but indicating they may pursue claims under the state's Private Attorney General Act.

At an oral argument hearing Thursday, the three-judge state appellate panel tentatively ruled that while the plaintiffs lacked common facts to bring a class action, enough common facts existed under PAGA, which allows private parties to...
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