Jury Wrongly Decided Worker's Status, Pa. High Court Told

Law360, Philadelphia (July 10, 2013, 6:44 PM ET) -- A contractor told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday that a jury had been improperly allowed to determine the employment status of an ex-worker awarded $1.5 million in damages after being injured on the job, saying state law required a judge to make that determination.

In a brief, Worthington Associates Inc. said that a Bucks County trial judge, whose decision was later affirmed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, had effectively robbed the company of the so-called statutory employer defense, a body of state law protecting general...
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