Employees accuse Daily Grill near LAX of failing to pay 'living wage'

IMG 5262By James Rainey, LA Times
April 16, 2014

A class-action lawsuit says the restaurant has deprived workers of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The company says it has corrected the problem.

Three employees at a Daily Grill restaurant near Los Angeles International Airport filed a class-action lawsuit against the restaurant chain Wednesday, charging that it had failed to pay them and more than 100 other workers the "living wage" required by the city.readmore

Restaurant Employees File Suit Alleging Minimum Wage Violations

wagetheft1LOS ANGELES – Restaurant workers filed a class action lawsuit in LA Superior Court on Wednesday alleging their employer has shorted them thousands of dollars in pay over the past three years.

The plaintiffs – two servers and a busser – at the Daily Grill restaurant located at the Westin LAX Hotel allege that management has underpaid them by approximately $.40-$.70 per hour at various times. For the typical server who works less than 30 hours per week, the employer is allegedly shorting her as much as $1,000 annually.

Legends and UNITE HERE Sign Agreement over Worker Representation at Angel Stadium

ananheim legendsApril 8, 2014

UNITE HERE Local 11 announced Monday more than 900 food service workers at Angels Stadium have won union recognition. The cooks, stand attendants and servers and bartenders are employed byLegends Hospitality, which began operating concessions at Angle Stadium earlier this year.  UNITE HERE Local 11 now represents the employees.

The next step is for both sides to negotiate a contract for wages, benefits and working conditions.

Santa Monica Housekeeper Testifies in Favor of "Temp" Regulations

photo-8March 12, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Gladys Hernandez and her co-worker Maria Cortez toil at the same beachside hotel, scrubbing toilets, taking out trash and changing bed linens. But at $8.50 an hour, Hernandez earns a fraction of what Cortez brings home.

Though she has worked at DoubleTree Suites Hotel in Santa Monica for nearly two years, Hernandez is considered a "temp" worker. On Wednesday, March 12, she testified before the California State Assembly labor committee in favor of AB 1897 (Roger Hernandez, D), a bill designed to hold employers accountable for wage theft and other abuses when they use staffing agencies to supply workers. 

Women's workplace struggles could someday be her dissertation

cathy new1111By Steve Lopez, LA Times
March 1, 2014

Cathy Youngblood leaves home at 5 a.m., walks a mile in the dark and catches a Blue Line train at the Watts station. She transfers to the Red Line downtown, then boards a bus at Sunset and Vermont and gets to West Hollywood at 6:45, ready for her job as a hotel housekeeper.readmore

Los Angeles moves toward $15.37 wage for hotels

raise new111By Josh Eidelson, SALON.COM
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In a unanimous Tuesday vote, a Los Angeles City Council committee voted to authorize a study on nearly doubling the minimum wage for employees of large hotels in the nation’s second-largest city. readmore






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