ANNOUNCEMENT OF CY PRES FUNDS: CAR DEALERSHIP EMPLOYEES’ CLAIMS FOR UNPAID WAGES AND OVERTIME
Fair Employment Project is pleased to announce that it has received cy pres funds of nearly $2,000, the result of a class action for unpaid wages and overtime against a car dealership in Massachusetts.
Class counsel for the plaintiffs was Nicholas F. Ortiz, Law Office of Nicholas F. Ortiz, P.C. in Boston
True to the purpose of the cy pres doctrine, designation of Fair Employment Project as recipient of these residual funds puts them to their ‘next best use.’
Previous cy pres funding directed to Fair Employment Project includes:
$40,000 from a class action brought by satellite-dish installers owed unpaid wages and overtime under Massachusetts and New York wage and hour laws, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
$17,000 from a class action settlement brought by hourly workers against a nationwide retailer that allegedly rounded employee start and end times in way that systematically benefited the employer.
$10,000 from a mediated settlement in a class action brought by a Massachusetts home health agency’s employees who traveled between clients' homes during the workday to provide home care for the elderly, infirm, and disabled without being paid for that intraday travel time or being reimbursed for their travel costs, as required by law.
NEWS AND EVENTS
The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office is working with community partners to offer a free, monthly WAGE THEFT CLINIC at Suffolk Law School in Boston.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW PAY EQUITY LAWIN MASSACHUSETTS, to take effect in July 2018.
On July 27, 2017, Governor Baker signed the NEW MASSACHUSETTS PREGNANT WORKERS FAIRNESS ACT.Once the law takes effect (April 2018), most Massachusetts employers will be required to reasonably accommodate workers who are pregnant or need to express breast milk.