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WORLD
September 26, 2010 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
When Nelson Mandela's grandson and Jacob Zuma's nephew took over the insolvent Grootvlei gold mine, east of Johannesburg, the workers thought they — and the mine — were saved. But things have only gotten worse for the workers, most of whom have been on strike since March over a portion of their salary they said they were not paid beginning in December 2008. Zondwa Mandela, grandson of the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela, and Khulubuse Zuma, nephew of the current president, are executives of Aurora Empowerment Systems, a private black empowerment company, which took over the mine about a year ago. Most workers think the only thing that can now save their futures — even if it has no effect on their back pay — is nationalization.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Workers at a suspected sweatshop in South Los Angeles will receive back pay and overtime, and an independent monitor will scrutinize the factory's activities in a settlement reached Wednesday between the owners and the city attorney's office. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich's office sued the company's owner-operator for allegedly failing to pay employees overtime and maintaining sweatshop conditions in the garment factory. The settlement will bring long-overdue compensation for unpaid overtime to employees and will require an independent monitor at the factory to oversee compliance with workplace laws, city attorneys said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
A former Orange County assistant sheriff fired in 2004 and sent to jail in a perjury conviction could receive about $270,000 in back pay under a judge's tentative ruling that he was wrongfully terminated by then-Sheriff Michael S. Carona, his attorney said Tuesday. In a tentative ruling issued June 19, Orange County Superior Court Judge Andrew Banks found that Carona, who was recently convicted of witness-tampering and sentenced to more than five years in prison, denied his former chief of staff, George Jaramillo, notice of termination and a due process hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2009 | My-Thuan Tran
A former Orange County assistant sheriff who was fired and sent to jail in a perjury conviction is in line to get a big pay day -- about three years of back pay with benefits for wrongful termination. The tentative ruling in the wrong termination case was issued Friday by Orange County Superior Court Judge Andrew Banks.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2009 | Walter Hamilton and Tiffany Hsu
The campaign to clamp down on executive pay is getting an assist from an unusual source: the head of Wall Street's most powerful investment bank. Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., said Tuesday that the financial industry needed a "renewal of common sense" and pay standards to "discourage selfish behavior, including excessive risk-taking."
BUSINESS
February 11, 2009 | Lisa Girion
Anthem Blue Cross, the state's largest for-profit health insurer, has agreed to pay a $1-million fine and offer new coverage -- no questions asked -- to 2,330 people it dropped after they submitted bills for expensive medical care. As part of a deal that the California Department of Insurance is set to announce today, Anthem also will offer to reimburse those people for medical expenses that they paid out of pocket after they were dropped.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2008 | Evelyn Larrubia
Employees of the Hilton Los Angeles Airport filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the hotel's workload did not allow for breaks and that workers were not paid for all of their hours, in violation of labor laws. The lawsuit seeks class-action status for roughly 1,500 current and former LAX Hilton employees. Hilton spokesman Ruben Gonzalez declined to comment, saying the hotel had not yet received the lawsuit.
NATIONAL
October 22, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge ordered a payday for three dozen immigrant delivery workers who toiled for years at New York City restaurants without proper wages. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Dolinger ordered the owner of several popular Vietnamese cafes to pay more than $4.6 million in back wages and overtime dating to 1999, plus fines and penalties, to former employees who said they had received substandard wages. The court said the 36 workers, all Chinese immigrants, had largely been living off the tips they earned by delivering orders around the city for Saigon Grill restaurants.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Convicted class-action lawyer Melvyn Weiss asked a court to authorize his old firm, now called Milberg, to pay him for his work there. Weiss, 72, co-founder of the firm previously known as Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman, filed papers Monday in state Supreme Court in New York saying an agreement entitles him to the payments. Company spokeswoman Gina Rivera didn't return calls for comment after hours. Weiss was sentenced last month to 2 1/2 years in prison for illegally paying clients to file shareholder suits that prosecutors said earned $251 million in lawyer fees.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Facing a possible strike that could have stranded hundreds of thousands of commuters, Amtrak reached a preliminary deal Friday that apparently heavily favored the railroad's nine unions, which have worked for years without a contract.
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