Woodstock’s Pizza to pay $1.5 million to settle labor violations suit

February 7, 2023

Woodstock’s Pizza


The California chain Woodstock’s Pizza, which has locations in San Luis Obispo and other college towns, has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over numerous alleged labor code violations ranging from not paying workers to not allowing them to take breaks. [Mustang News]

An employee of Woodstock’s Davis restaurant filed the lawsuit, alleging the company violated 21 labor codes. The codes relate to properly and timely paying wages, providing meal breaks, paying for sick leave and providing accurate wage statements. 

Current and former employees of the San Luis Obispo restaurant told Mustang News that they worked long shifts without breaks, in violation of labor laws. A former SLO Woodstock’s shift manager also said he received paychecks that were voided when he went to deposit them. 

Woodstock’s denied the allegations in the lawsuit. Woodstock’s owner Jeff Ambrose said the company only agreed to settle the suit because it could have resulted in more costs for attorney’s fees than what the business would pay through mediation. 

On Feb. 10, a hearing will take place in San Diego County Superior Court to review and approve the settlement. If a judge approves the settlement, all hourly employees who worked for Woodstock’s from April 2017 to June 2022, and who do not opt out of the suit, will receive about $10 for each week they worked for the company. 

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Once again, the real winner are the lawyers. I believe they get paid a certain $ amount per employee. That explains the reason for the huge amount of adverts to just people to sign up for the class action suit..

The lawyers walk away with 30 or 40 $ million.

Meanwhile rhe litigants get 10 for each week they worked PLUS 10% coupon on their next Woodstock pizza

A wealthy business owner is accused of cheating his workers, and you attack the lawyers? How are the lawyers collecting $30-40 million on a $1.5 million settlement? They get paid a percentage of what they collect. The more they collect for their clients, the more they make. So, they are properly incentivized to represent the clients’ best interests. What is your alternate plan? Have individual workers who make low hourly wages try to fight a large corporations on their own? Sounds like you had a bad experience with a lawyer and then just threw out all common sense and logic surrounding the topic.

You can usually stop reading when someone writes “I believe”. Typically it is a lead in to unsubstantiated speculation , or an anecdotal argument to “prove” their gut feeling on any given matter.

At least that is what I have heard from a friend who claims to know a lot of people in a similar circumstance, which I believe to be true…..;-)