Our firm’s motto is that we are Fighting for Workers’ Rights. We take that message very seriously, even if it means taking our cases all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
On June 10, 2019, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd. v. Newton, holding that California overtime and minimum wage laws do not apply to work performed on oil platforms in federal waters off the California coast. Mr. Newton is our client, and we’ve been litigating his claims against Parker Drilling since 2015. We’re going to keep fighting on his behalf and on behalf of all the other workers who, like Mr. Newton, worked on oil platforms off the coast of California. The Supreme Court may have held that these workers are not entitled to the protections of California overtime and minimum wage claims, but the rest of their claims — including those for violations of California’s meal and rest period, paycheck stub, and final wage payment laws — are still valid.
One friend of Strauss & Strauss put it best when he said we need to “keep swinging.” That’s exactly what we’re going to do, even if it means fighting for these workers’ rights issues to the United States Supreme Court again.