Claim goes awry for ex-employee who botched PAGA's notice requirements

Actions brought under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) are a bane to employers and their attorneys. The applicable statutory regime is replete with complex penalty and procedural rules, and the PAGA's provisions permitting "representative" actions sometimes seemingly permit employees to sidestep the legal controls that are typically meant to rein in improper class actions. This time, however, the PAGA's tedious "notice" requirements inured to the benefit of the employer when a former employee's notice was phrased in terms of his individual claim and failed to reference other potentially aggrieved employees. Read More...