“When employers misclassify employees as independent contractors and fail to pay workers their hard-earned wages, the Department of Labor will hold them legally accountable.” This was the strong statement by the DOL when speaking about a medical staffing agency that violated the federal law, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), when it illegally misclassified aides and nurses as independent contractors. The nurses included licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. In the case, Medical Staffing of America doing business as Steadfast Medical Staffing, was found to have illegally classified its workers as independent contractors rather than employees. As independent contractors, it paid the nurses and nurses’ aides straight-time wages rather than time and one-half wages when they worked over forty (40) hours in a workweek.
The healthcare employment agency industry routinely fails to properly classify its workers as employees. Companies purposefully misclassify health care workers as independent contractors to save on wages, health insurance, taxes, etc. all at the expense of these vital essential workers. In this case, the DOL also found that the company failed to maintain accurate records of the hours the nurses and aids worked in violation of federal law.
If you work in the health care industry and are classified as an independent contractor, you may very well be entitled to back wages and liquidated damages (double damages). If successful, the Court will also order the company to pay our attorney’s fees and costs. Martin & Martin routinely handles misclassification issues in the health care industry and we are happy to give you a free consultation to determine if you are misclassified and owed back wages and liquidated damages. We handle our cases on contingency and only recover our attorney’s fees if we are successful.