Workers hired to replace strikers pursuing business litigation
Many hospitality workers in California and across the country have been following a situation that began when thousands of hotel workers, bartenders and others walked off their jobs to protest numerous issues in their contracts. More than 2,000 Marriott hotel employees started a strike that lasted two months. The workers recently agreed to go back to work after their contract was ratified. However, the workers who had been hired by the hotel to replace the strikers have now filed business litigation of their own.
The initial strike began in October. The key factors prompting the workers' discontent were wages, job security and health care coverage. A union spokesperson recently stated that the new, hard-fought contract will hopefully set a new standard in all Marriott hotels and others throughout the United States.
Numerous workers who accepted employment during the strike have now filed complaints with the California Labor Commissioner's Office. These workers claim the company through which they were hired has failed to pay them thousands of dollars in promised wages. The Wage Theft Prevention Act, enacted in 2011, is typically a central focus of such proceedings in determining whether wage theft has occurred for which the employer should be held responsible.
It is not uncommon for one type of business litigation to spark additional lawsuits, as in this case where replacement workers have filed a complaint, entirely separate from the contract dispute that was underway when they accepted their jobs. In most cases, both sides to a disagreement want to resolve the problems at hand in as swift and economically feasible a manner as possible. To that end, it is always a good idea to enlist support from an experienced business law attorney.