The Register, a global online technology news publication, interviewed LVBH attorney Wendy Musell about a change proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that would make it harder for companies to classify gig workers as independent contractors. As the article explains, the current rules rely on only two criteria to determine how a worker should […]
On May 24, 2019, LVBH won a $325,000 jury verdict in Alameda County Superior Court against the UC Regents and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on behalf of Kathy Eidson, a long-time employee of the Lab. Ms. Eidson began working at the Lab in 2001 as an electrician. In 2006, she fell off a ladder […]
Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams prosecuted the first class action on behalf of cheerleaders working in the NFL. The lawsuit against The Oakland Raiders alleged that the club withheld all pay from the Raiderettes until after the end of the season, did not pay for all hours worked, and force the cheerleaders to pay many of their […]
Cheerleaders were paid far less than minimum wage while working for the departing Oakland franchise Oakland, CA – May 10, 2017 — Today, the proceeds from a $1.25 million settlement was distributed to nearly 100 women who worked as cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders, known as the Raiderettes from 2010 to 2014. This class action […]
Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams filed a wage and hour class action case on behalf of a class of over 250 women who worked as exotic dancers and waitresses at The Brass Rail, a strip club located in Sunnyvale, California, which has been in business at the same location since 1960. The lawsuit alleged, that the Brass Rail was in flagrant violation of numerous laws of the State of California. Not only did the club refuse to pay any compensation to the women who work in the club as erotic dancers, but it required the women to pay a “stage fee” in order to dance at the club. Dancers at the Brass Rail were expected to earn their income from customer tips., The lawsuit also alleged that the women were subject to a hostile work environment. Following a full day mediation, the case was settled for $1,900,000.
Partners Sharon Vinick and Leslie Levy with attorney Patricia Pierce of Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores in Philadelphia, filed a wage theft class action lawsuit against the New York Jets NFL team. The lawsuit alleged that the cheerleaders, known as the “Flight Crew,” were not being paid minimum wage for all hours worked at […]
The Oakland Raiders football franchise and the cheerleaders have settled the first class action lawsuit in the NFL for wage violations for $1.25 million settlement. (A copy of the Joint Press Release is available for review.) To become final, the settlement will require court approval. The parties have filed a joint Motion for Preliminary Approval, which […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2014 PRESS CONTACTS: Sharon Vinick 510-318-7700 Patricia Pierce 215-735-1600 NEW YORK JETS SUED FOR WAGE THEFT BY MEMBER OF THE FLIGHT CREW Another NFL team is facing a class action lawsuit for wage theft brought by one of its cheerleaders. A lawsuit was filed today by Krystal C in New […]
In response to a class action lawsuit (Lacy T. v. Oakland Raiders) filed by Raiderettes alleging wage theft and other violations of California labor law, team owners have filed a motion to force the cheerleaders out of court and into individual and secret arbitration before the NFL Commissioner.
“This is an attempt to avoid public scrutiny of the adjudication of the cheerleaders’ claims that Raiders’ management has engaged in illegal employment practices for years,” said Sharon Vinick of Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams, the Bay Area law firm representing the cheerleaders. “The owners want to have this employment issue decided by one man whose pay is dependent on the very teams that engage in the illegal conduct.”
Attorneys for the Raiderettes class action have filed an Amended Complaint, adding a second plaintiff as a class representative. The new plaintiff, Sarah G., has been a Raiderette for four years and last season was co-captain of her line. The Amended Complaint, like the original complaint, alleges that the Oakland Raiders engaged in wage theft and […]