In Bright v. 99¢ Only Stores, 189 Cal. App. 4th 1472 (2010), on an issue of first impression, the Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District, Division Five) held that (1) violations of Wage Order No. 7, subdivision 14 are violations of section 1198; and (2) civil penalties under section 2699, subdivision (f) are available despite the fact that Commission wage order No. 7-2001 has its own general penalty provision. (Discussed on this blog, in a very serious post, here.) In other words, PAGA penalties are available for wage order violations, at least as far as the adequate seating requirement is concerned. But when a Court of Appeal tackles a question of first impression, you always have to wonder whether that holdling to stand up over time. Today, in Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. v. Superior Court (December 22, 2010), the Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District, Division Four) agreed with their fellow justices from Division Five and held that (1) violations of a Wage Order are violations of section 1198; and (2) civil penalties under section 2699, subdivision (f) are available unless some other penalty is specifically provided for in the Wage Order.
At this point, the best business opportunity in California would be small footprint stools that can fit behind registers at retail stores.