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Kim v Korea Times


Update - October 1, 2018 - We are Set to Mediate the Case Soon! Can You Help?

If you worked for the Korea Times in Los Angeles during the past six years and you’ve been meaning to help us with this case, now is the time to do so.  

Since we filed our case, we took the depositions of Michael Chang and Brian Jun.

As a result of our efforts we'll be going to mediation in a matter of weeks, in hopes of settling this case.

If you worked for the Korea Times in the past six years, did any of the following happen to you?

Did you work more hours than you were scheduled for the day - and not get paid for it?  You are probably owed back wages if that happened.

Did you work more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week?  If so, you are probably owed overtime.  

Take a look at your earnings statements and check whether you were paid overtime when you know you worked more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week.  If you can, please send us copies of those earnings statements to help us in our mediation.

You were entitled to a half-hour uninterrupted - with no work being done at all - meal break if you worked more than 5 hours in a day.  Did you get that?  If not, you may be owed ONE HOUR's PAY for each day you missed such a break.

You were ALSO entitled to a TWO ten minute uninterrupted breaks - with no work being done at all - if you worked 7.5 or more hours in a day.  Did you get that?  If not, you may be owed ONE HOUR's PAY for each day you missed such a break in addition to the hour for missed meal breaks!

If these things or anything else you felt was unfair happened to you when you were employed by the Korea Times - or any other employer - please contact us now!

Any questions or comments or suggestions about Korea Times or anyplace you worked?  If so, call 626.795-0205 or 818-547-5200 or email tom@falveylaw.com.

Thanks very much.  We hope to hear from you soon!


Plaintiff's Allegations - Kim v The Korea Times

On December 9, 2016, our firm filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in Los Angeles County, case no. BC 643503 , against The Korea Times, Inc., on behalf of all hourly employees who worked for that company, both in Northern and in Southern California since December 9, 2012. A copy of the complaint is attached here.

In her lawsuit, Ms. Kim, the Plaintiff (the person who is suing) contends that the Korea Times did not comply with the requirements under California law for payment of wages. If successful, a class action allows former and current employees to receive back wages that are owed to them.

In particular, we believe that the earnings statements (paystubs) provided by the Korea Times to its employees were prepared contrary to California Labor Law.  If that is found to be true, and our case is successful, then all possible class members may receive payment in regard to those wrongful earnings statements.

The earnings statements don’t reflect that any meal periods were provided.  In case you didn't know this, with rare exception, if you're scheduled to work six hours or more, and aren’t able to take a 30-minute uninterrupted meal break after five hours work, you’re owed one hour’s pay - for each day that happens.
                    
The court has not yet ruled on any of Plaintiff's allegations or determined whether the case is appropriate for class action status.

If you are or were employed as an hourly employee of The Korea Times in California since December, 2012, we would like to speak with you.

Have you saved your earnings statements or paystubs during the past few years?  

If so, we’d appreciate your sending us copies.  Perhaps you have schedules, receipts, timesheets, or other documents in addition to paystubs or earnings statements you received from The KoreaTimes.  If so, we’d like to see those as well.

Feel free to send us anything which you think would help our case.

Maybe - on your current or old phone - you still have texts from The Korea Times telling you what to do or where to go that you'd let us see and copy.

Maybe you have pictures of where you worked, or how early or late you were working - on Sundays, for example.  

If you have emails or manuals from anyone at the Korea Times, we’d like to see those as well.

Please contact us as soon as you can by calling our office at 818-547-5200.

You may also email us at tom@falveylaw.com.

Think of this.  Every once in a while, people send mail to us, enclosing items they think might be helpful, with no return address, so that their identity can be kept secret.  Maybe you’d want to do that.

Thanks for any help you might provide us, even if we never know your name.


Case Documents

2016-12-9, Kim v. Korea Times, CONFORMED Complaint

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