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Defense Loses Labor Law Class Action Against Chinese Daily News As Federal Jury Awards Employees $2.5 Million In Damages

Molly Selvin of the Los Angeles Times reports that a jury sitting in Los Angeles federal court awarded $2,500,000 to current and former employees of the Chinese Daily News, the largest Chinese-language newspaper in the United States, for violations of state and federal labor laws. The jury reportedly found that the newspaper failed to pay its employees overtime, or to allow meal and rest periods. Ms. Selvin notes that the class action lawsuit is “part of a wave of litigation that has produced multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts in recent years.” These class action suits typically allege that the employer has misclassified employees “giving them professional or managerial-like job titles to avoid paying overtime.”

Molly Selvin’s article, entitled “Newspaper Staff Wins Labor Suit,” may be found in the Business Section of the January 13, 2007 edition of the Los Angeles Times.