Insurance Agents Are Not Employees, 9th Circ. Rules

Law360, New York (July 29, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed that insurance agents are not employees, in a victory for Principal Financial Group Inc. that clarifies the legal test for employee status.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday unanimously upheld a summary judgment tossing a gender bias suit from Principal agent Patricia Murray, who claimed the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by favoring her male counterparts.

Murray's extensive control over the way she sells financial products makes her an...
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