Calif. High Court Says No Back Pay Claims Under PAGA

By Braden Campbell (September 12, 2019, 4:03 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court weakened one of workers' most potent weapons against forced arbitration Thursday, saying workers can't collect unpaid wages under a unique statute that essentially deputizes them to challenge employment law violations on the state's behalf.

California's highest court held Thursday that workers can't recover wages under the state's Private Attorneys General Act. (AP)

The Golden State's highest court said the Private Attorneys General Act doesn't give workers claims for back pay under state labor code Section 558, which lets the commissioner of labor extract cumulative $50 or $100 penalties from employers that illegally deny workers overtime plus "an...

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