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 December 2, 2013.
The class was certified by Judge Theresa Doyle of the King County Superior Court 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. In May 2014, Bankers Life removed the case to federal court in Seattle where the case is currently pending before Judge Robert Lasnik. Bankers Life has filed a motion to decertify the class, which is pending before Judge Lasnik. Discovery is ongoing and trial is set for October 2015. Meanwhile, if you worked for Bankers Life & Causality during the class period, please call paralegal Sheila Cronan at 206-233-1221 or 1-800-809-2234.