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Supreme Court Rules on Oracle Overtime Wages

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The California Supreme Court has ruled on a proposed class action lawsuit that is now on appeal in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals,  that employers based in the state must pay overtime for non-resident employees who work in the state.

The California Supreme Court guided the 9th Circuit on whether California labor code applies to non-residents. The California high court unanimously decided that “To permit nonresidents to work in California without the protection of our overtime law would completely sacrifice, as to those employees, the state’s important public policy goals of protecting health and safety and preventing the evils associated with overwork,” as written by Justice Kathryn Werdegar, Reuters reported.

The lawsuit was filed by Oracle employees who were residents of Arizona and Colorado who were not paid overtime when they worked in California training customers on how to use Oracle software.  An attorney for the plaintiffs said that California labor law is more protective than other states, as California calculates overtime on a daily not weekly basis.

The lawsuit and the court’s ruling will have a special impact on migrant workers who come to California as crop workers. “They can’t be denied protections just because they don’t live here,” the plaintiffs attorney said.

Under the facts presented by the lawsuit, the court also ruled that the plaintiffs could not apply the California overtime law to work performed outside of California, Reuters reports. disclaimer: This article: Supreme Court Rules on Oracle Overtime Wages was posted on Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 7:59 pm at and is filed under Employment Lawsuits.

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