LOS ANGELES –(May 1, 2013) –Late last week, a California federal judge conditionally certified a class of approximately 5,000 plaintiffs who worked at military bases around the nation for contractor Managed Health Network, Inc. According to the lawsuit, the workers claim that the company knowingly misclassified them as independent contractors when, under law, they should have been classified as employees. The lawsuit alleges that Managed Health Network misclassified workers to avoid paying overtime wages. Attorney Allen Vaught at Baron and Budd represents some of the affected workers.

“This is another step forward in the fight for justice for these workers,” said attorney Vaught, Of Counsel attorney at Baron & Budd. “Many employees do not realize that they may be due significant back wages and damages when their employers misclassify them as independent contractors in an effort to side-step the federal overtime wage laws.”

Under the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA), a federal law that governs overtime wages, employees are lawfully entitled to overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek. Independent contractors, on the other hand, do not have to be paid overtime pay. However, if the reality of the relationship is that the worker is actually an employee, the employer cannot get around paying overtime simply by attaching the label of independent contractor. This is true even if the worker agrees to be called an independent contractor.

Attorney Vaught has represented numerous clients in cases involving overtime wage violation issues. In fact, Vaught was named “Litigator of the Week” last year by Texas Lawyer for his work in an unpaid overtime lawsuit on behalf of mechanics that were misclassified as independent contractors.

If you think you that you are not being paid all the overtime you are lawfully allowed, or to learn more about the FLSA, feel free to contact Allen Vaught at 1.866.495.1255 or via email at avaught@baronbudd.com

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The law firm of Baron & Budd, with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with over 35 years of “Protecting What’s Right” for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals, governmental and business entities in areas as diverse as water contamination, Gulf oil spill, Qui Tam, California Proposition 65 violations, unsafe drugs and medical devices, Chinese drywall, deceptive advertising, consumer financial fraud, securities fraud and asbestos cancers such as mesothelioma.