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Wine Delivery Workers Get $10 Million Wage, Breaks Deal Approved

Oct. 8, 2020, 7:03 PM

A California federal judge granted preliminary approval of a $10 million revised settlement and certified a class of nearly 163,000 wine delivery workers in a protracted lawsuit alleging various state labor violations.

The workers were hired by a franchisee of Express Services Inc., one of the nation’s largest staffing franchisors, to make deliveries for Western Wine Services Inc., a wine logistics company in Napa.

The lawsuit was filed in 2012 by Michael Stoddart, who was hired by an Express franchisee and assigned to work for Western.

Stoddart alleged the companies were joint employers liable for failing to provide meal periods,...

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