The Law at Work: One job, two employers - or not
An employee asserting a claim for California wage violations may have one job, but two or more joint employers. There generally is one undisputed employer, as well as another entity that challenges the employee’s claim that it is jointly responsible for the alleged violations. In his The Law at Work column in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Shareholder Dan Eaton examines two recent appellate rulings that highlight the challenges a California worker faces in establishing that an entity with some connection to the worker’s undisputed employer is jointly liable for alleged wage violations. In both cases, the workers settled their claims with their principal employer, but unsuccessfully sought to continue their suits against a wealthier entity the workers claimed was their joint employer.
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