RMKB Employment Law Alert: California Employees May Sue Employers Directly For Labor Code Violations


On October 12, 2003 California’s Governor approved legislation which may eventually be looked upon as the most costly in recent memory for California employers. Known as the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, the law provides that an employee may file suit on behalf of himself or herself or other current or former employees directly against his or her employer for Labor Code violations. Such enforcement is currently within the sole purview of the State. The legislation was introduced as Senate Bill 796, which adds Sections 2698 and 2699 to the Labor Code, effective January 1, 2004.

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