Todd Wulffson recently received a full defense verdict on behalf of a software developer client following a four-day bench trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. The plaintiff, a network administrator who worked closely with the development team configuring and maintaining the server environment, claimed that he did not utilize the requisite independent judgment and discretion to be exempt under California law. He sought several hundred thousand dollars in unpaid overtime, penalties and attorneys’ fees, and if correct, his claim could have had negative precedential value for the employer. The court found that the employee was administratively exempt under California law in addition to the exemption under California Labor Code Section 515.5.
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles