Latest From The Blog
Dashed Faces Lawsuit Over Independent Contractor Issue .
Two Boston lawyers are suing Dashed Inc., accusing the Boston-based restaurant delivery service of inappropriately classifying its drivers as independent contractors. As a result, the lawyers claim, the drivers are denied overtime, vehicle expenses, and a guaranteed minimum wage. Michael Bace and John Bita filed the lawsuit this week in Suffolk Superior Court, on behalf of Boston resident Felicia Billingslea, a former Dashed driver.
Dashed drivers are not paid a traditional wage from the company, but can get the tips that customers add to restaurant bills, either through cash or credit-card transactions, according to the lawsuit. Dashed promises to guarantee at least $8 per delivery but the structure of the payment system often leaves drivers with less money for each trip, and drivers often earn less than $9 per hour, according to the lawsuit. They also can work more than 40 […]
What is a “Wage and Hour Complaint”? Where do I find the Massachusetts Labor Board?
If you are owed wages from your employer in Massachusetts, one avenue of relief is to pursue litigation (a lawsuit) in order to recoup those wages as damages. Prior to the filing of any lawsuit in Massachusetts that seeks damages pursuant to a violation of the Wage Act – a “wage and hour” complaint must be filed. This relatively simple complaint is filed with the Attorney General’s office. If you retain an attorney to help you pursue your issue, your attorney will submit this complaint for you.
If you are looking for the “Labor Board,” the chances are very good that you should speak to an attorney who can evaluate your claim and advise as to the most effective avenue of relief.
Why File a Wage and Hour Complaint?
The purpose of filing […]
Short Answer:Generally, you must be paid/compensated for every hour that you’re actually working for your employer. When an employer fails to pay you for every hour, by doing any of the following: deleting hours, forcing you to work after punching out, forcing you to work through lunch breaks, or requiring you to punch out even though your job duties necessitate more work that day – you are entitled to three times the unpaid wages plus a reasonable attorney’s fee award.
Long Answer:Blatant violations of the Wage Act occur when your employer fails to pay you for time that’s clearly working time. For example, if your employer explicitly decides to pay you for 40-hours per week, regardless of your actual time spent working in excess of 40 hours, and not a dollar more, that payment policy would be a Wage Act violation. You cannot lawfully be terminated […]