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Michigan employment disputes: Employee classification matters

When taking a job in Michigan or elsewhere, how one's employment status is classified really matters. Numerous employment disputes arise over employers misclassifying employees so as to avoid paying overtime and benefits. Those who believe that their work status was purposely misclassified may have legal recourse.

Recently, in another state, an employee for United Van Lines filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that it misclassified his job status. In doing so, for more than a decade, the company allegedly got away with failing to pay him for his hours worked and held him responsible for covering numerous job-related expenses out of his own pocket -- such as truck lease payments, truck repair and fuel, among others. This has supposedly resulted in him making less than minimum wage.

As of the latest report, United Van Lines has not issued a statement regarding this employee's claims. The plaintiff has asked that this case be filed at class action status. He also wants a jury trial. He is seeking compensation for the out-of-pocket expenses he has paid over the years and for the pay denied him. He is also asking for any other relief deemed appropriate and to has his legal fees covered.

Working for an employer who does not accurately classify one's job status can be difficult. Over time, it can really hurt one's financial position and can even affect one's mental health as well. At the end of the day, employers do have to abide by laws set down by the Fair Labor Standards Act and minimum wage laws. Michigan residents whose employers are not may seek relief by filing legal claims in civil court. An experienced attorney can assist with such employment disputes.

Source:, "Delivery truck driver alleges United Van Lines misclassified employee status", Noddy A. Fernandez, June 11, 2017

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