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Representing workers in wage and hour lawsuits nationwide

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Fighting For Fair Pay.

Getman, Sweeney & Dunn

There is a long history of labor exploitation in this country, from slavery through the great depression and on to the workplace of today. Despite the vast wealth created within the economy, the gap between rich and poor has widened, workers’ wages have scarcely risen for the last fifty years and half of US households have a net worth less than $11,000. Why? Corporate wealth and power are more concentrated than ever. Employers use their economic and political might, along with their lawyers, to deny workers all pay the law requires. Employees take a beating as employers treat them as “independent contractors,” require them to sign arbitration agreements and class action waivers, fail to record all the hours they work, steal tips, and ignore or flagrantly violate the law. Today, employers prevent employees from suing them in court and the Supreme Court has even allowed companies to ban class actions by workers against them. As fewer workers than ever are protected by unions, corporations and their owners have gotten richer and workers have had to fight for a small share of the pie their labor creates. But workers don’t have to go it alone against the companies that cheat them.

Getman, Sweeney & Dunn is a powerful voice for workers. GSD stands with working people to enforce wage laws designed to guarantee them fair wages for their work. We fight wage theft, helping workers get the pay they are legally owed plus additional damages and penalties. We handle overtime and minimum wage cases, claims for unpaid commission, promised wage, tips shaving, unlawful deductions, unreimbursed business expenses, and a wide variety of other federal and state law wage claims.


We represent employees and independent contractors working throughout the U.S. We regularly sue multinational and Fortune 500 companies. We are proud to have recovered over a hundred million dollars in pay wrongfully taken from employees. We handle class actions for tens of thousands of cheated workers and we handle cases for individual workers just as diligently.


We don’t charge fees upfront. We get paid by the losing employer when we win or settle your case.

We Only Represent Employees.

The Latest News

Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave for New Yorkers

Governor Cuomo has just signed a bill into law to ensure New Yorkers can take sick leave during the COVID-19 emergency. Your eligibility depends on the size of your company, your ability to work remotely, and a few other factors. See linked post for details.  

NY EMPIRE Act – Posted January 29, 2020

Yesterday, workers and lawmakers gathered in Albany to show support for New York’s EMPIRE Act.  The “Empowering People in Rights Enforcement Worker Protection Act” was introduced as a bill to protect workers from wage theft. Corporations and employers use forced arbitration agreements to compel workers to waive their right to be heard by a judge…

Postmates Arbitration – posted January 15, 2020

Employers fight hard to enforce their arbitration provisions, until they realize it’s not really what they want.  Over 5,200 people filed individual arbitrations against Postmates pursuant to their arbitration agreement that Postmates created.  Just to cover the initial filing fees for the cases to begin would cost Postmates over $13 million, so it has now…

Addressing Retaliation Concerns – Posted June 19, 2019

One of the most common questions we hear from people who want to bring a case or join an existing case is “can my employer come after me?” Section 15(a)(3) of the FLSA states that it is a violation for any person to “discharge or in any other manner discriminate against any employee because such employee has filed…

New California Bill Poses Challenges to Gig Economy

California is on its way to passing a law that would more or less eliminate independent contractors, presenting a potentially major blow to the gig economy. In May 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in the Dynamex Operations West Inc. v Superior Court of Los Angeles case, finding that most workers are,…

Forced Arbitration – New Supreme Court Decision – posted May 10, 2019

The issue of forced arbitration continues to be a hot topic. In a recent decision in the Lamps Plus v. Varela case, the Supreme Court Ruled that under the Federal Arbitration Act, an ambiguous agreement cannot be interpreted to mean that the parties agreed to class arbitration. So what does this mean?  Before this ruling,…

Illinois Minimum Wage to Raise to $15 per hour by by 2025 – Wall Street Journal

The Illinois House voted on Thursday to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The governor is expected to sign off on the bill. Illinois now joins California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, which all have plans in place to reach a $15 minimum wage. You can read more about…

Workers waiting ‘on call’ must be paid, court rules – SFGATE

On Monday, the Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles ruled that workers in California who are required to be on call for a possible work shift must be paid for that on-call time, regardless of whether they are called into work. In this case, workers were required to call in two hours before…

Supreme Court decides New Prime case

On January 15, the US Supreme Court unanimously decided that a court must first determine whether the Federal Arbitration Act’s Section 1 exclusion for disputes involving the “contracts of employment” of certain transportation workers applies before ordering arbitration. The Court also ruled that the phrase “contracts of employment” refers to any work contract, not just…

Restoring Justice for Workers Act

The landscape of employment litigation has changed since the Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, which made forced arbitration clauses permissible (see our post of May 23 for an explanation of that ruling). The decision was a blow to worker’s rights and could potentially be the beginning of the end of class and…