Tidy Services Sued in a Class Action by Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik for Allegedly Misclassifying Their Cleaners as Independent Contractors

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The lawsuit against Tidy Services, Inc. was brought by two current Cleaners who claim they should be classified as employees, affording them and other Cleaners working for the new start up company benefits and protections such as workers' compensation insurance, meal and rest breaks, and overtime wages.

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If you are working as an independent contractor and feel like you should be treated as an employee, call attorney Nicholas De Blouw at Blumenthal, Nordrehuag & Bhowmik at (800) 568-8020

The San Diego labor law lawyers at Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik filed a class action lawsuit against Tidy Services, Inc. alleging that the new cleaning service company illegally classifies their Cleaners as independent contractors in order to avoid paying the company's share of payroll taxes, overtime wages, and providing the proper meal and rest breaks in accordance with California law. The Tidy Services class action is currently pending in the Orange County Superior Court, Case No. 30-2016-00861892-CU-OE-CXC. A copy of the Complaint can be read here.

According to the Complaint, Tidy Services, Inc. is a recent startup that lets users book workers to clean their homes through a mobile application (very similar to Uber's and Lyft's applications). Tidy allegedly classifies the Cleaners as independent contractors, but according to the lawsuit filed by two current Cleaners, the startup allegedly takes a very broad interpretation of an independent contractor relationship.

The Complaint alleges Tidy has the right to control every critical aspect of Tidy's daily cleaning services operations in that the company allegedly provides the customer and allegedly provides step-by-step instructions to the Cleaners. The high degree of control over the workers' daily job tasks, the suit claims, means the workers have been misclassified as independent contractors and are allegedly owed employee benefits, including, but not limited to, overtime pay and meal and rest breaks. The suit seeks an unspecified amount of back pay for the Cleaners working for Tidy in California.

It’s the latest in a string of misclassification lawsuits filed across the State of California aimed at startups that allegedly exploit the independent contractor model to save on labor costs.

If you are working as an independent contractor and feel like you should be treated as an employee, call attorney Nicholas De Blouw at Blumenthal, Nordrehuag & Bhowmik at (800) 568-8020 or click here for free California labor law advice.

Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik is an employment law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Riverside, Los Angeles and Chicago. The firm only represents employees and focuses on claims involving violations of the California Labor Code, including, but not limited to, wrongful termination, missed meal breaks, overtime pay issues, unpaid commissions and being forced to work off the clock.

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