Wage Theft Investigation – Who is Affected
The U.S. Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service and 37 states have created a “hit list” of industries that may be cheating workers from overtime and pay for time worked (“wage theft”). High on the list are cable companies and their so-called independent contractors.
Many cable and utility companies hire independent contractors to perform installation and customer service work. Cable companies like these arrangements because it allows them to avoid paying overtime. Simply because someone tells you that you are an independent contractor doesn’t mean the employer is right.
If you have not been paid for time worked, were denied breaks or were denied overtime or believe that you were improperly classified, call or email us. There is no fee or obligation. In order to better evaluate your claim, please provide us the following:
- Name of employer who owes you unpaid wages or overtime:
- Dates of employment as best as you can remember:
- Job title:
- Daily duties:
- Anything else you want us to know before we call:
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Federal Fair Labor Standards Act
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires most employers to pay for all hours worked as well as pay time and one half for hours in excess of 40 hours per week. Like many laws, there are exceptions. The primary exceptions are for managers, professionals (e.g. CPA or lawyer) and certain administrative personnel.
Just because an employer says you are exempt doesn’t mean anything! Employers frequently misclassify workers as exempt independent contractors or misclassify employees as exempt managers or admin personnel.
If we are successful in prosecuting your claim, the law provides for double back wages and requires the employer to pay your legal fees. If you are an “outside” contractor, reclassification may also make you eligible for benefits.
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor settled a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claim with Bowlin Group, LLC. The government said that 77 installers would receive $1,075,000 in back wages. Bowlin did installations for Insight Communications. Bowlin tried to say the installers were “independent contractors.”
We have heard from one senior HR person that Bright House Networks is engaged in a similar scheme.
As part of our investigation, we are looking to speak with present and former installers and customer service workers doing work for cable companies or other utilities. Those we wish to speak with are people classified as independent contractors, workers that have been classified as exempt and workers being denied overtime.
In addition to Bright House installers, we are interested in folks doing work for any cable company or third party installer. If you believe you are a victim of wage theft, we want to hear from you. This includes workers from:
- Bright House Networks
- Kablelink Communications
- Knight Enterprises
- Comcast Cable
- Time Warner
- Charter Communications
- Cox Communications
- Medicom Cable
- Suddenlink Communications
- Wave Broadband
- Midcontinent Communications
- Grande Communications
- TDS Telecom
- Sprint Broadband
- Jaguar Technologies
- OC Communications
Wage theft is a growing problem. In recent years, each new year sets a new record for FLSA overtime and wage theft claims. Why should you and your family be deprived of fair pay?
We are paid only if we are successful. Don’t let another day go by without getting paid. For more information, contact one of our overtime law at:
- Washington DC: 202.800.9791,
- Detroit: 313.879-2070,
- Los Angeles: 213.291.2474
- MAIN OFFICE NUMBER Milwaukee: 414.258-2375
- or email attorney Brian Mahany directly at
All inquiries kept strictly confidential.
MahanyLaw – America’s Fraud Recovery and Wage Theft Lawyers
[Need more information? You can visit our wage theft Fair Labor Standards Act information page too.]