Employer’s Right to Settle Disputed Claims with Individual Employees Affirmed

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The California Court of Appeal recently affirmed an employer’s right to settle, pre-certification, an individual putative class member’s disputed wage claims without the consent or involvement of class counsel. In Chindarah v. Pick-Up Stix, the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s order that enforced the settlement and release agreements signed by more than 200 putative class members (many of whom later joined the lawsuit as named plaintiffs) and granted summary judgment for the company on those plaintiffs’ wage claims.

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