DAVID V. BANKERS LIFE & CASUALTY CO., MISCLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES AS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS.
On June 16, 2011, SGB filed a class action lawsuit in King County Superior Court, Washington, alleging that Bankers Life and Casualty Co. misclassified its agents in Washington state as independent contractors rather than employees. As a result, agents did not receive the overtime or minimum wage payments required under the Washington Minimum Act, RCW 49.46. These agents worked for Bankers Life in Washington state between June 16, 2008, and the present time.
Bankers Life removed the lawsuit to Federal District Court in July 2011, but on October 27, 2011, the Federal Court rejected that attempt and sent the case back to King County Superior Court. Discovery is ongoing. The class was certified by Judge Theresa Doyle on December 2, 2013. A copy of the Order Granting Class Certification and the Court’s Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law are linked below. A Notice to the class will be mailed in early 2014. Meanwhile, if you worked for Bankers Life & Causality during the class period, please call paralegal Sheila Cronan at 1-800-809-2234.
Trial is currently scheduled for June 16, 2014.