Improper Deductions from Pay
Workers are often forced to pay fees for business expenses and other things that they shouldn’t be paying, but it seems that female entertainers at “gentlemen’s clubs” are particularly susceptible to this kind of exploitation. The complaint for this class action takes issue with certain charges entertainers were forced to pay out of what they earned at Mardi Gras Entertainment, Inc. and its related clubs, Center Stage (Bino, Inc.), Anthony’s Dance Club, Inc., and Fifth Alarm, Inc. in Massachusetts.
Barone Steel, Inc. is a construction and steel fabrication company located in Brooklyn, New York. The complaint for this class action brings suit against it under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Law (NYLL). Along with making the usual allegations of lack of proper overtime pay and proper wage statements, the complaint also claims that improper deductions were made from employee pay and that fraudulent information was supplied to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The claims raised in this class action, the complaint says, “seek to provide redress to more than 96,000 New York City Uber Drivers … for breaches of contract affecting every member of the largest private sector workforce in New York City…” The class action concerns, first, deductions from Uber driver pay, purportedly for sales taxes and a surcharge for the Black Car Fund (BCF), which provides Workers’ Compensation to drivers. Second, it claims Uber kept two sets of books and charged passengers higher rates than it reported to drivers.
Intelliquick is paying more than $5 million to settle a class and collective action alleging that it misclassified drivers and couriers as independent contractors, failing to accurately track their hours and making unlawful deductions from their pay. The complaint alleged that the company owes these employees additional wages or overtime, since they were actually regular employees.
Lyft is paying just under $2 million to settle a claims in a class action alleging that the company violated laws and contract rights by taking a commission from drivers’ prime time premiums. The complaint also made another allegation, that Lyft classifies drivers in California as independent contractors when they are actually employees. The settlement does not resolve this issue.
Prudential Financial, Inc. has agreed to settle a class action alleging that it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in two ways. First, the complaint alleges that the company did not pay its agents overtime as required.