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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.

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