Calif. Assisted Living Community Settles Wage Theft Lawsuit

Owners of a San Francisco assisted living community settled a wage theft lawsuit last week that included more than $300,000 paid to four employees who alleged they were underpaid for their care services. 

The $325,000 settlement with Sunset Gardens included $270,000 in back wages and interest for four employees who filed the lawsuit in September, claiming they had not received overtime pay for working shifts ranging between 12 and 24 hours per day, reports The San Francisco Appeal.

The lawsuit also alleged that Sunset Gardens owners Juan and Lucena Tanato violated state and local law governing minimum wage requirements, as the plaintiffs claimed they were paid much less than the $10.55 an hour mandated by San Francisco law.


Sunset Gardens also agreed to pay $55,000 to the City of San Francisco for the cost of the investigation, the article notes. 

This lawsuit represented the seventh senior care facility to reach a settlement with the city since mid-2011, according to the Office of City Attorney Dennis Herrera, which stated that in total, these settlements have reached $1.5 million.

Read The SF Appeal article.


Written by Jason Oliva

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