Douglas Emmett Tenants
A forum for those who live and work at Douglas Emmett facilities to discuss issues and stay informed
A project of the Operating Engineers, Local 501

Another Lawsuit Alleges Unpaid Lunches And Breaks, Labor Violations at Douglas Emmett


Posted: March 19th, 2018


Case Details

Case Number: BC502674
Case Title: GONZALES VS. DOUGLAS EMMETT INC
Case Type: EMPLOYMENT
Filing Date: 3/11/2013
Court: Stanley Mosk Courthouse (Los Angeles County)
Status: Settled in 2013

Case Summary

In March 2013, J. Antonio Gonzalez filed a lawsuit against Douglas Emmett Inc. In his lawsuit, Gonzalez alleged that Douglas Emmett had committed unlawful wage and hour violations—denying him correct overtime pay in spite of California’s labor laws.

The case was settled in July 2013 for a total of $4,858 paid to Gonzalez plus attorney fees. The offer is conditioned upon the dismissal of all claims brought by Gonzalez against Douglas Emmett.

This post will summarize the Lindsay v. Douglas Emmett case.

In the course of the court proceedings, court documents were made public. They can be read in the downloadable case filings at the end of this page.

Complaint narrative

In March 2013, J. Antonio Gonzalez filed a lawsuit against Douglas Emmett Inc. alleging that his former employer Douglas Emmett Inc. had committed unlawful wage and hour violations—denying him correct overtime pay in spite of California’s labor laws. Gonzalez had worked for the company as a utility engineer during unspecified dates.

According to Gonzalez’s complaint, the company failed to compensate him for missed meal periods and rest breaks. Gonzalez claimed that he was denied a minimum 30 minute uninterrupted lunch break mandated by California law for a typical 8-hour workday. He also claims he was denied legally required rest periods of 10 minutes for each 4 hours of work, i.e. two breaks each typical 8-hour workday in addition to lunch.

Additionally, Gonzalez maintained that Douglas Emmett owed him “reimbursement for necessary business-related expenses and costs, including […] for gasoline, mileage incurred for work-related purposes, work-related tools, etc.”

Gonzalez believed that Douglas Emmett “engaged in [a] scheme of wage abuse against [him]”. Douglas Emmett “regularly and consistently failed to provide complete and accurate wage statements,” according to Gonzalez.

The complaint explained that Douglas Emmett “had the financial ability to pay such compensation, but willfully, knowingly, and intentionally failed to do so, and falsely represented to [Gonzalez] that he was properly denied wages, all in order to increase [Douglas Emmett’s] profits.

Gonzalez’s claims resemble those lodged in other wage and hour lawsuits against Douglas Emmett Inc.


Settlement

The case was settled in July 2013 for a total of $4,858 paid to Gonzalez plus attorney fees. The offer is conditioned upon the dismissal of all claims brought by Gonzalez against Douglas Emmett.

Download Case Filings

Date Document
2013-03-11 COMPLAINT
2013-07-01 STATUTORY OFFER OF COMPROMISE
2013-07-03 ANSWER