Block & Leviton’s employment class actions attorneys, drawing on their extensive experience in litigating complex class actions in state and federal courts around the country, specialize in representing employees who have been misclassified as independent contractors.
Companies that misclassify employees as independent contractors may be depriving those employees of significant benefits, including overtime wages, workers compensation, minimum wage, and protection under the wage laws, among others. The practice of misclassification is widespread among companies across the United States, reaching nearly every industry.
The attorneys at Block & Leviton have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of misclassified employees. For example, in the case of Shepard v. Lowe’s HIW, Inc., No. 12-CV-03893-JSW (N.D. Cal. May 23, 2014), Block & Leviton achieved a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of a class of Lowes installers who were misclassified as independent contractors.
In addition to misclassification class action litigation, Block & Leviton also represents Massachusetts employees in wage and hour as well as retaliation cases. Massachusetts law provides for strict penalties against employers who fail to timely pay their employees their full due wages. Massachusetts law also prohibits taking an adverse action against an employee for exercising their rights under Massachusetts wage and hour laws, like reporting an employer’s failure to pay wages, participating in an investigation regarding the wage and hour laws, or filing a lawsuit to recover unpaid wages, among others.
If you believe that you and others have been misclassified, that you are owed unpaid wages, or that your employer has retaliated against you, please contact us for a consultation.