Not Fair! California Fairground Employer Faces Overtime Claims (Business Legal Resources)

Matthew A. Goodin, a Senior Attorney in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s San Francisco office, authored an article for, titled “Not Fair! California Fairground Employer Faces Overtime Claims.”

Following is an excerpt:

Both federal and state law requires employers to pay employees overtime. However, the laws are very different, and each contains many exemptions. Some of the more common exemptions, such as those for professional, administrative, or executive employees, are similar under both laws. But even then, there are critical differences. On the other hand, some of the exemptions are industry-specific and unusual.

In the following case, the court examined whether employees who worked for a California state agency that owned and operated the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego were exempt from California and federal overtime laws.