Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
BOSTON —� Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley fined FedEx Ground Package System Inc. more than $190,000 for intentionally misclassifying 13 drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. Coakley is also requiring FedEx Ground division of FedEx Corp. to compensate the 13 drivers and remedy the violations, which include: not providing workers’ compensation, not paying overtime and not withholding state income taxes. Employee misclassification harms workers and puts law-abiding companies at a disadvantage, Coakley said. “Our office places a high priority on the proper classification of individuals in the workplace,” Coakley said. “We intend to pursue aggressively employers such as FedEx Ground when they violate the Commonwealth’s Independent Contractor Law.” FedEx spokesperson Maury Lane said the company plans to appeal the December 19 citation. Lane also said the company has cooperated with Coakley’s office since 2005 and “no concerns were raised about our practices.” “This decision will have a chilling effect on the ability for any independent contractor in Massachusetts, which includes truck drivers, doctors, nurses, and dental hygienists, to earn a living outside an employer/employee relationship,” Lane said. “Everyone knows that working for yourself is not, and should not be, against the law in Massachusetts or any other state.” FedEx Ground has 10 days to notify the Attorney General’s Office about its intent to appeal. The state’s Division of Administrative Law Appeals, which is under Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Administration and Finance, hears appeals.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.