Turman et al. v. Koji’s Japan, Inc., et al.

Turman et al. v. Koji’s Japan, Inc., et al.

Turman et al. v. Koji’s Japan, Inc., et al.

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Case Summary

Turman et al. v. Koji’s Japan, Inc., et al., was filed in Orange County Superior Court in 2010.The Plaintiffs are Heather Turman, Joshua Allen, Kimberly Dang, Lonnie Finley, Shannon Payne, JW Perkins, and Kellianne Ryan. The lawsuit alleges that a class of over 300 employees were wrongfully denied wages, overtime compensation, and tips, meal and rest breaks, accurate wage statements, and other rights guaranteed under the California Labor Code. The class of employees, which was certified by the Court, includes all those who worked at Koji’s as non-exempt servers, hosts/hostesses, floor managers, sushi chefs, assistant general managers, bussers, dishwashers, bartenders, kitchen helpers, and “barbacks” from November, 2006, through the restaurants’ closure. In April of 2020, after 10 years of hard fought litigation, the parties reached a Class Settlement of $2,200,000, to pay the Class and counsel.

The Court has made no ruling on the merits of the class members’ wage claims, but granted preliminary approval of the Class Settlement agreement on August 20, 2020. The Court will decide whether to grant final approval to the Class Settlement at a hearing scheduled for February 5, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.

 In Turman et al. v. Koji’s Japan, Inc., et al., los demandantes interpusieron la demanda judicial en el año 2010, en representación de todas aquellas personas que trabajaron, de manera directa o indirecta, para los Demandados, como meseros, camareros, jefes de piso, cocineros de sushi, subgerentes generales, ayudantes de camarero, lavaplatos, bartender, ayudantes de cocina y “ayudantes de bar” no exentos durante el Período de la demanda colectiva. Tal como se alega en la Demanda judicial, los Demandantes argumentan que a los Miembros del grupo de demandantes se les negó de manera indebida el salario, la compensación por horas extras y las propinas, los períodos de comidas y de descanso, los extractos salariales precisos y otros derechos garantizados en virtud del Código Laboral de California [California Labor Code].

El Tribunal no ha emitido decisión alguna sobre los méritos de los reclamos colectivos de los Demandantes ni las defensas de los Demandados. No obstante, el Tribunal otorgó la aprobación preliminar del Acuerdo de conciliación de demanda colectiva entre los Demandantes y los Demandados, en el 20 de agosto, 2020. El Tribunal decidirá si otorga la aprobación definitiva del Acuerdo de conciliación de demanda colectiva en una audiencia programada para el 5 de febrero de 2021, a las 9:00 a. m.

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