The technicians filed a lawsuit alleging that they should be paid at least minimum wage separately for each hour that they are present at the workplace and not performing the tasks in addition to their per-task compensation.
The court sided with the employees, noting that California law requires that employees be compensated for each hour worked. In its discussion, the court illustrated why the employer's manner of compensation in this case resulted in unfair compensation by way of example: one worker who completes 4 hourly tasks at $20/task would earn $80 after 4 hours; the second worker who works the same task hours but remains on the job for additional 4 hours after completing the tasks would also be paid $80. However, averaging the wages of both technicians over an 8 hour day would show that the second technician was only paid $10/hour. This would be in contradiction of California Labor Code section 223, where the employee would not actually be paid for all hours worked - all the hours that employee had to be present at the workplace and was not free leave or engage in his personal matters. `