SAN FRANCISCO — A laundry company is seeking to be removed from a class action lawsuit in which they were accused by a former employee for
American Etc., Inc., d/b/a Royal Laundry notices the removal of the suit with Ranulfo Irias Galeano and this removal is based on federal question jurisdiction under the Labor Management Relations Act. Royal Laundry is filing in the Superior Court of California on Jan. 4 and is serving Galeano a notice to state court and adverse party of removal of civil action to federal court.
Royal Laundry hired Galeano on or about Jan. 14, 2014 as a commercial truck driver. Galeano submitted a union application to become a member of the Western States Regional Joint Board, Local 75, where his union fee came out of his paycheck and he was enrolled in a benefits pension plan. One year later, Galeano was fired, and his union grieved that termination. In August 2015, Galeano filed a punitive class action complaint against Royal Laundry for several alleged violations California labor law including failing to provide pay for all hours worked, failing to provide meal periods, failing to properly provide breaks, failing to provide complete and accurate wage statements, failing to pay wages in a timely manner upon termination as well as violations of the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 and California Business and Professions Code section.
After four months of filing paperwork through the court, Royal Laundry filed its notice for removal in the 30-day removal deadline. Galeano’s complaint is removable through the court and Royal Laundry removed the action.
Northern District of California District Court 316-cv-00033
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