Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, File Lawsuit Against Cafe Rio, Inc., Alleging Violations of The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)

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The lawsuit alleges Cafe Rio, Inc. violated the California Labor Code by failing to provide their California employees with required meal and rest periods.

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For more information about the class action lawsuit against Cafe Rio, Inc., call (800) 568-8020 to speak to an experienced California employment attorney today.

The San Bernardino employment law attorneys at Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, filed a class action lawsuit against Cafe Rio, Inc., alleging that the company violated The Private Attorney General Act and allegedly failed to lawfully calculate and pay their employees the correct overtime. The class action lawsuit against Cafe Rio, Inc., is currently pending in the San Bernardino County Superior Court, Case No. CIVDS2011822. To read a copy of the Complaint, please click here.

The lawsuit filed against Cafe Rio, Inc., alleges PLAINTIFF was from time to time interrupted by work assignments while clocked for what should have been PLAINTIFF's off duty meal break. As a result the PLAINTIFF and other AGGRIEVED EMPLOYEES forfeited minimum wage and overtime compensation by regularly working without their time being accurately recorded and without compensation at the applicable minimum wage and overtime rates. State law provides that employees must be paid overtime and meal period premium wages at one and one half times their "regular rate of pay."

PAGA is a mechanism by which the State of California itself can enforce state labor laws through the employee suing under the PAGA who do so as the proxy or agent of the state's labor law enforcement agencies. An action to recover civil penalties under PAGA is fundamentally a law enforcement action designed to protect the public and not to benefit private parties. The purpose of PAGA is not to recover damages or restitution, but to create a means of "deputizing" citizens as private attorneys general to enforce the Labor Code. As a result of their rigorous work schedules, "PLAINTIFFS and other AGGRIEVED EMPLOYEES were from time to time denied their proper rest periods by DEFENDANT and DEFENDANT’s managers."

For more information about the class action lawsuit against Cafe Rio, Inc., call (800) 568-8020 to speak to an experienced California employment attorney today.

Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP is a labor law firm with law offices located in San Diego County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Sacramento County, and San Francisco County. The firm has a statewide practice of representing employees on a contingency basis for violations involving unpaid wages, overtime pay, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and other types of illegal workplace conduct.

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