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Securities Firm Worker Gets Wage Suit Back in California Court

Nov. 25, 2020, 10:57 PM

Commonwealth Financial Network overestimated the penalties a former employee could potentially accrue with her claim under California’s Private Attorneys General Act when it removed the suit to federal court, a state appeals court said.

Marissa Garcia sued the broker-dealer in San Diego Superior Court, alleging it failed to pay her and others the correct amounts of sick pay and overtime wages, among other labor code violations. She sought a 25% share of civil penalties under PAGA, which allows aggrieved employees to recover through civil action for any provision of the labor code that allows state agencies to assert penalties. Employees...

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