NEW YORK, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pelton & Associates PC announces minimum wage and overtime lawsuit against Fancy Hands, Inc. ("Fancy Hands"), an online personal assistant service with thousands of "virtual assistants" completing tasks for Fancy Hands' clients across the United States.
Fancy Hands is one of a growing number of companies utilizing what is known as the "on-demand" or "sharing" economy – workers providing services through technology who are classified as something other than employees. Fancy Hands' Founder Ted Roden describes it as a "new labor model" yet, there is nothing new about it. Workers have challenged their employers and demanded compliance with employment laws in other misclassification cases (e.g., Uber and Lyft) and now the same is being done in the "virtual" labor context.
The Complaint alleges that Fancy Hands paid its assistants as independent contractors and not employees. Specifically, Fancy Hands paid its assistants between $2.50 and $7.00 per task, despite the fact that the tasks could and often did take several hours to complete. Additionally, the assistants were not always paid for tasks they completed. Further, Fancy Hands' "mentors" were paid $0.10 for reviewing and approving the tasks of the assistants, which took anywhere from 2 to 15 minutes to complete. As a result of these pay practices, Fancy Hands' virtual assistants routinely earned substantially less than minimum wage and were not paid overtime premiums for hours worked over 40 in a week, as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") 29 U.S.C. §§ 201 et seq.
The lawsuit was brought as a nationwide collective action consisting of all persons who worked for Fancy Hands from March 24, 2012 to date as a virtual assistant paid on a per-task basis.
Join this Lawsuit
As with all FLSA cases, the statute of limitations continues to run against claimants until they join the lawsuit. As such, if you worked for Fancy Hands as a virtual assistant under similar circumstances and would like additional information regarding this case, please contact Brent Pelton or Taylor Graham at (212) 385-9700. You may also visit www.peltonlaw.com/case-center/current-cases/fancy-hands/ for additional information.
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