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Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers, Inc., No. S206874 (June 30, 2014)

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California Supreme Court: Newspaper Carriers Can Proceed With Class Action Challenging Independent Contractor Status

Ogletree Deakins • July 01, 2014
On June 30, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued a decision addressing how trial courts should determine the appropriateness of class certification in cases where workers claim they were improperly classified as independent contractors. In a case brought by a group of newspaper carriers claiming that a newspaper company illegally treated them as independent contractors and deprived them of wage and hour protections, the state supreme court held that their employment relationship with the newspaper can be determined on a class-wide basis. Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers, Inc., No. S206874 (June 30, 2014).