8 TELEMARKETING EMPLOYEES IN TAMPA MISCLASSIFIED AS INDEPENDANT CONTRACTORS AWARDED $34,235 IN BACK WAGES & ACCRUED INTEREST

Owners of the now defunct 1st National Leasing Inc. were  held liable for minimum wage and overtime violations  for telemarketing employees who were misclassified as independent contractors

The DOL complaint filed in federal court alleged that the company had misclassified several FLSA-covered employees as independent contractors. The employees were therefore denied the minimum wage and overtime compensation guaranteed them under the FLSA. The employers also failed to maintain FLSA-required time and payroll records of employees’ wages, work hours and other conditions of employment. The consent judgment resolved a U.S. DOL lawsuit that alleged violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage, overtime pay and record-keeping provisions.

Under the FLSA, an employment relationship must be distinguished from a strictly contractual one where there is an independent contractor relationship. In the application of the FLSA, an employee – as distinguished from a person who is engaged in a business of his or her own – is one who, as a matter of economic reality, follows the usual path of an employee and is dependent on the business/employer that he or she serves.

Solis v 1st National Leasing Inc

Court Name: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA, TAMPA DIVISION

Case No. 8:10-cv-00764-VMC-TGW

Date: 2010

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