The California Supreme Court Rules Employees Working in California Are Protected By California Overtime Laws in Sullivan v. Oracle

On June 30, 2011, the California Supreme Court in Sullivan v. Oracle Corporation (S170577) considered a claim by three nonresidents of California. The plaintiffs brought claims of unpaid overtime against Oracle, a Delaware corporation with its headquarters in California. The three plaintiffs traveled to California from Colorado and Arizona for periods of time ranging from several weeks to several months to instruct customers on Oracle products. The California Supreme Court issued rulings concerning the reach of California's overtime laws to employees temporarily working in the state:

  • First, California's overtime laws were found to apply to the non-resident plaintiffs for the time they were temporarily working in California, particularly since Oracle was a California-based employer and the employees worked at least a full day in the state;
  • Second, the court also found that the plaintiff's temporary work in California provided a basis to seek overtime compensation under California's unfair competition law; and
  • Third, the court found making a decision in California to classify the plaintiffs and others as exempt did not, standing alone, justify applying California's unfair competition law to alleged violations that occurred outside the state.

For more information about the decision and its implications for employers, please continue reading Littler's ASAP, California Supreme Court Finds Out-of-State Employees Working in California Are Protected by California Overtime Laws.

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