US (CA): Riverview Farms wage-and-hour $825,000 class action settlement

Riverview Farms, a cannabis cultivation operation, has agreed to a settlement of $825,000 after a class action lawsuit accused the company of violating wage-and-hour requirements. 

Class members are nonexempt cannabis cultivators who worked for Riverview Farms at 22938 Potter Road and 23092 Potter Road in Salinas, in Monterey County, California, between Oct. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2019. 

The lead plaintiff, Alicia Cruz Bravo, alleged in a lawsuit Riverview Farms did not pay class members overtime for hours worked in excess of eight hours per day, or 40 hours per week. 

The plaintiff further alleged Riverview Farms provided class members with inaccurate wage statements, which could violate the law, and accused Riverview Farms of failing to pay all wages owed upon termination and unfair competition under the Business and Professions Code Section 17200

The settlement was reached after three mediation sessions over a six-month period. The plaintiff’s counsel reviewed thousands of pages of redacted class member time and payroll data produced for the years 2018 and 2019.

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