US Gov't News Workers Launch $400M Misclassification Suit

Law360, Washington (December 22, 2015, 1:27 PM EST) -- Several Voice of America workers filed a $400 million putative class action Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging the U.S.-controlled, international news broadcaster's board denied proper pay and benefits to employees intentionally misclassified as independent contractors.

The suit claims the nine-member Broadcasting Board of Governors has implemented a system of issuing “purchase orders” for services indistinguishable from those of direct employees, to avoid a 30 percent budget increase from providing the lawful wages, paid leave, workers compensation, and tax contributions the workers are owed.

“The BBG put the plaintiffs and class members on purchase orders so it could...

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