IN THE NEWS: Joshua Hawks-Ladds Remarks on the Rise of Misclassification Lawsuits

Connecticut Law Tribune
June 27, 2011

The article "Vacuum Sellers Say They Were Hosed" tells of a "bait-and-switch" employment lawsuit brought against a vacuum distributor by workers who never received the benefits promised to them in advertising.  Attorney Joshua Hawks-Ladds, chair of Pullman & Comley's Labor and Employment practice, observed that whether or not the workers are considered independent contractors or employees of the vacuum distributor may ultimately determine the case.

"We're seeing more and more class actions and more allegations of workers who are treated as individual contractors [instead of employees]," he said.  "Or the Department of Labor brings a claim on their behalf, alleging they are not truly individual contractors."

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