Karina Sterman

Karina Sterman

Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

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You Have Class!, says Judge to Uber Plaintiffs

A handful of Uber drivers sued the ride-share giant in 2013 alleging that they were functioning as company employees but improperly treated and underpaid as independent contractors. They claimed that Uber had been...more

9/2/2015 - Class Action Class Certification Employee Definition Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Misclassification Uber

The Supremes Sing Out About Control: It is the Primary Test for Deciding Whether a Worker is an Employee or an Independent...

In December 2008, newspaper carrier Maria Ayala sued Antelope Valley Newspapers on behalf of herself and a putative class of other newspaper carriers. The crux of her allegations in the complaint is that Antelope Valley...more

7/25/2014 - Class Action Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors IRS Misclassification Putative Class Actions SCOTUS

Got Class? Wage and Hour Class Actions in a Post-Brinker World

In 2012, employers awaited the California Supreme Court’s decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court with the bated-breath anticipation of a presidential election, or an Olympic luge race. And, boy, was it worth...more

2/19/2014 - Brinker Class Action Dukes v Wal-Mart Rest and Meal Break Wage and Hour

The Five Stages of Grief Over an Employment Class-Action Suit

Having worked with a number of companies who have been named as defendants in employment class-action lawsuits, I was repeatedly reminded of the “five stages of grief” model first penned by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969...more

6/4/2013 - Class Action

Do Your Employees STAND or SIT (or LEAN)?

California’s Wage Orders require that “all working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats . . . .” So naturally, someone found a way to sue an employer...more

12/20/2012 - Class Action Kmart Wage Orders

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