Voice Of America News Workers Lose $400M Wage Battle

Law360, San Francisco (August 25, 2016, 8:13 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Federal Claims Court judge on Wednesday threw out a $400 million proposed employment class action by Voice of America workers who alleged the federal agency that oversees the taxpayer-funded international news broadcaster misclassified them as independent contractors and denied them benefits and pay as a result.

The court ruled that it lacked jurisdiction under the Back Pay Act over the independent contract workers’ claims against the Broadcast Board of Governors and therefore declined to consider the workers’ argument the BBG should have compensated them with the greater wages and benefits of appointed civil servants because they provide essentially the...

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