CWS 3.0: September 11, 2013

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Defunct Ohio Firm to Pay $1.47 Million for Misclassification

A defunct Ohio company must pay $1.47 million in back wages and damages after misclassifying approximately 250 cable installers as independent contractors, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Aug. 29. A federal court had ruled the workers were employees of Cascom Inc., of Fairfield, Ohio, and not independent contractors.

Cascom was found liable for $737,133 in back wages plus an equal amount in liquidated damages for the total of approximately $1.47 million, according to the Department of Labor. Cascom is now defunct, so the department said it will also try to collect damages from the company’s owner, Julia Gress.

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