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$900,000 Settlement Reached In Hollywood Reporter Unpaid Overtime Class Action Lawsuit

This is a settlement for the Employment lawsuit.

Santa Clara, CA: A $900,000 settlement has received approval from a California judge potentially ending a unpaid overtime lawsuit brought freelancer content producers of the Hollywood Reporter, who claimed they were misclassified as contractors instead of employees.

Specifically, the 35 class members allege that Prometheus misclassified them as contractors which resulted in their being shorted on overtime pay.

Under the terms of the proposed deal, class members will receive a share of the settlement, based on the weeks they worked for Prometheus, which works out to an average payout of $14,842.85 per class member.

The suit was filed by David Simpson, assistant editor at The Hollywood Reporter, together with fellow freelancer Michelle Nelson, in 2013. According to the suit, the freelancers who worked at Prometheus from January 2010 through the hearing date, were paid by the hour or day and were provided office space, a computer, a company email account and a dedicated phone line. They alleged that Prometheus intentionally misclassified them and other freelancers as independent contractors in order to avoid paying them overtime or giving them rest and meal breaks.

The case is David Simpson v. Prometheus Global Media LLC, case number BC522638, in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles.

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Published on Mar-23-17


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