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FedEx agrees to settle California misclassification class action for $228 million

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by Steve Larson

FreightFedEx Ground Package Systems will pay $228 million to resolve a class action brought by FedEx Ground and Home Delivery drivers in California who say the company misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees, shorting their wages and benefits.  The tentative settlement, which requires the approval of a California federal judge, will resolve claims brought against FedEx Ground Package System Inc. by 2,300 California truck drivers who worked for the company from 2000 to 2007 and claimed that they should have been considered employees. Read more…

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Franchisee class action against Coverall settles for $5.5 million

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Steve Larson

Blog Wage and HourA Massachusetts federal judge has given preliminary approval to a $5.5 million settlement in a wage-and-hour class action brought by Coverall North America Inc. franchisees who accused the custodial company of misclassifying them as independent contractors.  The settlement, approved by U.S. District Judge William G. Young, covers anyone who purchased a Coverall franchise in that state since February 2004, as well as those who bought a franchise from “master franchisee” R&B Services Inc. Read more…

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court gives green light to class actions

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by Steve Larson

walmartA Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in mid-December upholding a nearly $188 million judgment against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for denying breaks to its workers signals a split with federal courts over standards for bringing class actions, and could cause new claims to be pursued in the state court system. Read more…

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Handy.com on-demand housecleaners claim to be employees

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Steve Larson

HandyA new lawsuit against Handy.com claims that its housecleaners should be considered employees, not independent contractors, because the company dictates all sorts of working conditions.   It comes closely after a similar lawsuit by Uber drivers filed last year.

Both cases — which could set the stage for still more suits — strike at the heart of the new breed of on-demand services, which have received millions in venture backing.

Companies like Handy and Uber consider themselves to be middlemen rather than service providers. Treating workers as independent contractors is basic to their business model, allowing them to quickly expand and contract their workforces, and to sidestep expenses like health insurance, sick time and disability coverage. Read more…

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FedEx Ground settles package handler class action

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Steve Larson

Blog Wage and HourJudge David O. Carter has granted preliminary approval of a class settlement of current and former nonexempt FedEx package handlers in California who worked for the shipping company at any time from Sept. 24, 2009, through the date of preliminary settlement approval.  FedEx Ground has agreed to pay $1.2 million to a group of current and former package handlers.  The lawsuit alleged the company failed to provide proper meal and rest breaks. Read more…

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Armani law “suit” accuses employer of misclassifying interns

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by Steve Larson

ArmaniStephanie Figuccio, 25, of Long Island, says that since 2008, she and more than 100 others were misclassified by Armani as unpaid interns when they should have been paid minimum wage.  The complaint was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.  Figuccio, who alleges she worked 16 to 20 hours a week in Armani’s corporate headquarters on W. 15th St. in the summer of 2009, wants back wages and punitive damages for herself and others.

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