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Wage and hour disputes still on the rise in California

One recent lawsuit filed is against Apple Inc. and a California staffing firm, Systems Integration Solutions Inc.

According to the statement of claim, Systems Integration Solutions, located in Walnut Creek, did not reimburse a “class” of information technology consultants for all the hours they worked, nor did they pay any overtime. The plaintiff, Chau Xu, was working at Apple from March 2, 2013 to December 20, 2013, earning $100/hour.

The lawsuit, brought in California state court, suggests that Apple knew, or should have known, the number of hours the plaintiff and others in his class/subclass regularly worked, due to the fact they were based in Apple’s offices, accessed the company computers and were told what to do by Apple management. The class action lawsuit seeks to represent all those employed by Systems Integration Solutions who were paid hourly over the four years prior to this complaint being filed.

The suit further alleges that the staffing company only paid consultants according to the number of work hours approved by the client. However, due to their actual jobs, they frequently worked more than eight hours a day and over 40 hours a week. Apple also allegedly encouraged the lead plaintiff and others in the same class to skip meal breaks.

The violations listed in this statement of claim, should they prove to be correct and accurate, are likely to result in Apple and Systems Integration Solutions receiving penalties for their actions and reimbursing the wages “stolen” from the IT workers.

If you are in a situation like this, you need an employment lawyer to scope out what is going on in your workplace. You have numerous rights when it comes to wage and hour claims in California. Find out what they are.

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