Getman Sweeney & Dunn Client Alert

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and, according to the guidance from state and federal governments, all of our staff is currently working from home. We continue to work diligently on your behalf and we do not anticipate any disruption in our work. Please note that if you try to contact us by phone there might be a delay in returning your call.

For information and resources for working people during this crisis you can visit: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

Getman Sweeney & Dunn Statement

Amidst the anti-racism protests taking place throughout the nation in response to the murder of George Floyd, and as a law firm committed to the fair treatment of all workers, Getman, Sweeney & Dunn stands in solidarity with our Black communities, our clients, associates, and all people of color in the fight against racial injustice.

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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

Gig Economy Updates – Posted July 17, 2020

As workers throughout the country are laid off as a result of the coronavirus, they are increasingly turning to gig work to make ends meet. Companies like InstaCart and Postmates have seen a surge in new workers. Online platforms, like Fiverr and UpWork, which allow people in different industries to sell their skills, have also…

Coronavirus Challenges for Workers

The coronavirus has presented a number of challenges to workers around the world. From temporary layoffs, to working from home, the workforce has had to adapt to keep everyone safe. But are employers playing fair, or are they using these extenuating circumstances to exploit workers? One of the potential violations we may see going forward…

Home Health Aides during Covid

Home health aides are some of the many healthcare providers who have been hard-hit during the Covid-19 pandemic. Home health aides (HHAs) provide care for the elderly and infirm, working up to 24 hours in a shift, usually earning only the minimum wage.  And HHAs in New York typically aren’t paid for the full 24…

Supreme Court Rules to Protect LGBTQ+ Employees from Discrimination

In a major victory for gay, lesbian, and transgender workers, on June 15 the Supreme Court ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ+ employees from discrimination. Nearly half of states in the US currently lack protections for the LGBTQ community, and the new ruling guarantees them federal protection. The decision came after three…

Enforcing California’s Assembly Bill 5

We posted back in June of 2019 about the Dynamex case in California—now the California Attorney General and a coalition of city attorneys are suing Uber and Lyft, arguing that the rideshare companies continue to misclassify their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, flouting the law. Assembly Bill 5 went into effect on January…

Western Express Case Update

On April 10, 2020 Judge Campbell issued an order denying the Defendants’ Partial Motions to Dismiss. The Court found that all of Plaintiffs’ claims in issue had “facial plausibility” because “the plaintiff plead[ed] facts that allow[ed] the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged.” The Court’s decision…

Report on Broadridge and TMG

We are appalled to learn of reports of unsafe working conditions these workers have endured. It is also alarming that many of the workers who are working under these conditions have been paid only the minimum wage and have experienced wage theft of even that meager wage. We represent truckers, health care workers, and workers…

New Case Filed on Behalf of Broadridge and TMG Workers.

  On April 7, 2020, Getman, Sweeney & Dunn filed a class and collective action lawsuit on behalf of workers employed by Broadridge and TMG. The workers seek a remedy for violations of federal and state overtime and other wage and hour laws. See Broadridge and TMG Case Page #Overtime #FLSA #CARESAct #NYWageTheftPreventionAct #Fightingforworkers Photo…

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…