Srourian Law Firm Leads The Way In Attaining $325,000.00 Settlement For California Labor Code Violations

A California wage and hour employment class-action led by Srourian Law Firm lawsuit reached an important milestone yesterday when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle preliminarily approved a settlement of $325,000.00 for claims brought by former and current employees of the Delphine Restaurant, Living Room, and Living Station inside the W Hotel Hollywood. The lawsuit focused on the deprivation of overtime pay, meal periods, rest periods, and various other California Labor Code violations.

The California wage and hour lawsuit (Adam Clay v. Innovative Dining Group, LLC, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case Number BC598113, in Central District of Los Angeles) was filed in 2015 by named plaintiff Adam Clay. The settlement benefits all current and former hourly, non-exempt employees of Innovative Dining Group at the W Hotel in Hollywood who worked from October 21, 2011 through the date of settlement approval.

On February 23, 2017, Judge Berle granted preliminary approval of the $325,000.00 settlement. The next step in the process comes later in the year, when Judge Berle will hear arguments for a final fairness and approval hearing on June 26, 2017.

Srourian Law Firm Files Lawsuit Against DoubleTree By Hilton Torrance For Violating The California Labor Code

Srourian Law Firm has filed a putative class action on behalf of former and current employees of the DoubleTree By Hilton Torrance in Los Angeles, California. The lawsuit alleges the hotel violated various labor code provisions, including failure to pay overtime, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, and failure to pay minimum wage, among several other violations.

The class action lawsuit alleges that the Marriott's conduct violates California’s labor laws. The suit seeks actual damages for unpaid wages, in addition to penalties, interest, attorneys' fees, and punitive damages.

Srourian Law Firm, with locations in Los Angeles, Westwood, Woodland Hills, and Orange County is aggressively pursuing claims against DoubleTree By Hilton Torrance. If you or someone you know works or has worked for The Shore Hotel, you may be entitled to compensation as a part of the class action lawsuit. Please contact us to speak with one of our lawyers for a free consultation.

Los Angeles Casting Workshops Violate Krekorian Act

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has filed criminal charges against 25 people who own, operate or work with five casting workshop companies, alleging that they have violated the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act by requiring actors to pay illegal fees in exchange for auditions.

California’s Krekorian Act makes it a misdemeanor for casting workshops to charge for auditions or other employment opportunities.

The companies allegedly charged actors to perform in front of a casting director or their staff members under the guise of an educational experience. Fees for such workshops typically range from $50 to $150 per session.

Several well-known casting workshop companies were named in the investigation, including Actors' Ally, The Actors Link, The Actor's Key, Your Studio Productions and The Casting Network. (The Actors Link is now known as Ace Studios.)

Several of the casting professionals had big names on their résumés, including American Horror Story, Castle, Criminal Minds and The Big Bang Theory. See below the credits of some of the more prominent casting professionals who were indicted.

Actors Alley

Ty Harman

·      Santa Clarita Diet (2017)
·      The Real O’Neals (2016-2017)
·      School of Rock (2016)
·      K.C. Undercover (2016)
·      Liv and Maddie (2013-2014)
·      Shake It Up! (2012-2013)
·      The Game (2007-2009)
·      Girlfriends (2007-2008)

Lindsay Chag

·      Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
·      Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
·      Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (1990)

The Actors Link

Scott David

·      Criminal Minds (2005-2016)
·      Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016)
·      2012 (2009)
·      Leverage (2008-2010)
·      Nash Bridges (1996)

Michele Seamon

·      Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
·      Fresh Off the Boat (2015)

Alexa Pereira

·      New Girl (2016)
·      Adventures in Babysitting (2016)
·      One Big Happy (2015)

Rebecca “Becky” Silverman

·      Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (2014-2015)
·      American Horror Story (2014-2015)
·      Just Go With It (2011)
·      Without a Trace (2004-2009)
·      Criminal Minds (2010-2017)
·      Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016)
·      Rizzoli & Isles (2015)

The Actor’s Key
Actor’s Key, LLC

Ricki Maslar

·      Dahmer (2002)
·      Brother to Brother (2004)
·      The Bronx Bull (2016)

Nancy Foy

·      Jumanji (1995)
·      Jurassic Park III (2001)
·      Blade II (2002)
·      Doctor Dolittle (1998)
·      Let’s Be Cops (2014)
·      Ladder 49 (2004)
·      Hidalgo (2004)
·      October Sky (1999)
·      Flubber (1997)
·      Paper Towns (2015)

Studio Productions
Live2Act, LLC

Darya Balyura

·      Switched at Birth (2013-2017)
·      Veronica Mars (2014)
·      Being Human (2013)
·      Bob’s Burgers (2012)
·      iCarly (2007-2008)
·      Transformers (2007)

Amy Cohen

·      Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor (2013-2015)
·      Everybody Hate Chris (2005-2006)
·      The Apprentice (2004)

Kimberly Ehrlich

·      Grown Ups (2010)
·      All My Children (2006-2007)
·      Poltergeist (2015)
·      Madam Secretary (2014-2015)
·      Mistresses (2013-2014)
·      Reign (2013-2014)

Rachel Rose Oginsky

·      Suits (2011-2014)
·      The Bold and the Beautiful (2016-2017)
·      Masters of Sex (2015)
·      Scream Queens (2015)

Peter Pappas

·      Two and a Half Men (2004-2015)
·      The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-2013)
·      Mom (2013-2017)
·      The Big Bang Theory (2006-2008)
·      Mike & Molly (2010-2011)
·      7th Heaven (2007)
·      I Didn’t Do It (2014-2015)

The Casting Network
Wintyme, LLC

Eddie Jaszek

·      Castle (2016)
·      Poltergeist (2015)
·      Bones (2010)

Miriam Hoffman

·      Ghost of Girlfriends Past (2009)
·      The Millers (2013-2015)
·      Lincoln Heights (2007-2008)
·      Night at the Museum (2006)
·      The O.C. (2006)

Srourian Law Firm is investigating a potential civil class action lawsuit against offenders of the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act. Individuals who were scammed are entitled to receive back three times the amount they paid to offenders for "educational" or "workshop" classes, a guise to cover up the "pay to play" scheme. Individuals are also entitled to receive their attorney's fees.

If you or anyone you know took a class or workshop within the last year at Actors Alley, The Actors Link, The Actor’s Key, Studio Productions, or The Casting Network, contact Srourian Law Firm to discuss your rights.