NY Times Freelancer Misclassified, Underpaid, Lawsuit Says

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From Bloomberg BNAJon Steingart reports that a photographer for the New York Times alleges that he was misclassified as an independent contractor. Jon writes: 

The New York Times Co. didn’t fully pay a photographer for about 3,300 hours’ worth of overtime worked over 10 years, according to a recent lawsuit.

Photographer Robert Stolarik sometimes had assignments that required him to work longer than expected. Nevertheless, he didn’t receive overtime pay because he was classified as an independent contractor, according to the lawsuit, filed July 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ( Stolarik v. The New York Times Co. , S.D.N.Y., No. 1:17-cv-05083, complaint filed 7/6/17 ).

“There’s a lot of things that flow out of the employment relationship,” Lee Bantle, a lawyer for Stolarik, told Bloomberg BNA July 10. Stolarik might have been eligible for company-sponsored health insurance benefits and contributions to a retirement plan, Bantle said. The Times didn’t contribute on his behalf to a tax bill or Social Security because it considered him a freelancer, Bantle said.

Read the full story at  NY Times Freelancer Misclassified, Underpaid, Lawsuit Says | Bloomberg BNA

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