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A former Rothenberg exec filed a class action lawsuit alleging “at least 50 employees” still haven’t been paid

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Katie Fanelli — a former chief of staff and longtime employee of Rothenberg Ventures — has brought a class-action lawsuit against the beleaguered San Francisco-based investing outfit, saying it routinely failed to pay contract workers their final paycheck across its four-year history, and that it failed to compensate Fanelli and other hourly workers for overtime.

The suit aims to address anyone who failed to receive final or overtime pay from Rothenberg Ventures Management Company and whose individual claims fall below $75,000 — which isn t an arbitrary distinction.

Meanwhile, California law and statutes protect plaintiffs who are seeking less.

Describing Rothenberg s business practices as lucrative, repressive, and unlawful, it goes on to say that as part of a systemic scheme of wage abuse, Fanelli s employment was terminated, then Rothenberg Ventures failed to provide her with a final paycheck covering the hours she had worked in her final pay period.

The lawsuit seeks to represent all California-based employees who worked any time during the four years preceding the suit and who were not paid their final paycheck upon separation and/or termination from Rothenberg Ventures Management Company.

Fanelli is also accusing Rothenberg of not paying herself and others the overtime wages they had earned.

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