Medical Device Cos. Ink $7.4M Deal To End Classification Suit

Law360 (June 7, 2021, 5:06 PM EDT) -- Zimmer Biomet and several affiliates have agreed to pay $7.4 million to tie up a lawsuit lodged by sales representatives who say the medical device companies improperly classified the workers as independent contractors and boxed them out of health care benefits.  

On Friday, a roughly 250-member class filed a motion seeking a California federal court's OK of an amended settlement that would also require Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. and its affiliates to transition the current sales representatives in the class to full-time employee status.

Employees are entitled to certain legal protections and benefits that are not mandated for workers classified as independent contractors, such...

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