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    Sweet Lady Jane is Being Sued for Wage Theft After Abrupt Closure

    Sweet Lady Jane bakery shop abruptly closed six locations on New Year’s Day, citing financial difficulties preventing the payment of wages to its “treasured employees.” LA TIMES reports that the closure comes amid a seven-month-long class-action lawsuit filed by an employee alleging wage theft and mismanagement.

    Blanca Juarez, a former employee, filed the lawsuit in June, claiming that Sweet Lady Jane LLC and SLJ Wholesale LLC did not compensate her for all hours worked, including overtime, and failed to provide necessary breaks. The complaint alleges a pattern of wage abuse with the intention of increasing profits.

    Sweet Lady Jane denied the allegations, calling the complaint “unverified” in court filings. The bakery chain expressed its intent to file for a state alternative to bankruptcy, allowing creditors, including former employees, to seek recovery.

    Former workers have been offered severance packages with conditions, including waiving the right to join lawsuits, reports THE TIMES. The closure announcement was made on social media, with the company expressing gratitude for customer and employee support but citing insufficient sales to sustain business in California.

    Concerns about finances preceded the closure, with employees reporting menu cuts and price hikes. Some former workers mentioned significant changes in the business, such as expansion and remodeling, leading up to the unexpected shutdown.

    “After 35 years we are closing our doors. Our last day of business was December 31, 2023,” reads a statement on their social media platforms. “We did not come to this decision lightly nor quickly. While the support and loyalty of our customers has been strong, sales are not enough to continue doing business in the state of California, allowing us to service our lease obligations and pay our treasured employees a living wage without passing those costs directly on to you. For more than three decades, we didn’t just build a loyal customer base, we created a real community. It has been a privilege to be included in your sweetest moments. Big and small. LA’s most beloved Triple Berry Cake will live on in your memories, and in ours.”

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Tom
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    3 months ago

    allowing creditors, including former employees, to seek recovery.”

    I’m sure those wage-earners will be at the head of the line to get their money. If you believe that I have a nice used triple-berry cake to sell you, cheap..

    John Ryan
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    3 months ago

    Always at least two sides to a story.
    Their closure was always suspicious to me.
    Businesses blaming WeHo policies for their troubles is getting very old.

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    3 months ago

    They didn’t blame WEHO because they were not located in WEHO. A little research goes a long way.

    John Ryan
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    Reply to  Natasha
    3 months ago

    Los Angeles and CA in general. Although they are not technically in WeHo they have cited state and city issues as reasons for closure. My point is that the reasons they provided for their abrupt closure are NONSENSE.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  John Ryan
    3 months ago

    Got it… Thanks for clarifying.

    Kiss it
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    3 months ago

    Blanca Was written up several times for not showing up for work, and when she would show up for work she was late all the time is what my friend Sarah told me. And another thing is the three berry cake that they’re known for? They bought dozens of them from the pandaria over there on pico and Union Street and brought it to their bakeries as if it was their own is what I heard from my friend Davide who is the manager

    Anastasia Beaverhausen
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    3 months ago

    I heard from my best friend’s next door neighbor’s son who plays baseball with Liz from HR who shared an office with Donna who said that her sister’s favorite cashier at the Piggly Wiggly said that her ex boyfriend once saw Davide get fired for having sex with a triple berry cake. So can’t always rely on your own sources miss thang

    Natasha
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    3 months ago

    Good luck to them. They can get in line after the bank and any secured creditors get paid first. Thank God I got my desserts which I ordered from them on New Year’s Eve. Nobody told me it was their last day. Sure seems like a shady investment group which bought that company.

    Weho artist
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    3 months ago

    Not shocked at this news. Scummy employers.

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    3 months ago

    I thought you were defending them before.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    3 months ago

    No, honey that was you: https://wehotimes.com/weho-adjacent-sweet-lady-jane-bake-shop-closes-after-35-years/#comment-6117

    I’m the one who brought up the allegations made from employees and you immediately dismissed them.

    Stop trolling and go run your fake business

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    3 months ago

    Post your linkedin profile like you promised.

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