Jenifer Pinkham wins Massachusetts Appeals Court case

Phifer Pinkham, LLC is pleased to announce that Jenifer Pinkham has successfully defended an appeal in the Massachusetts Appeals Court on behalf of a local motel owner who was sued by ex-employees, claiming violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act and Massachusetts minimum wage laws. The ex-employees had been provided rent-free housing adjacent to the motel where they worked, as part of their compensation, in addition to weekly wages. The appealing ex-employees argued, among other arguments, that the value of the housing accommodation should have been limited to $130 per week, pursuant to a Massachusetts regulation limiting wage credits for lodging rooms, and that therefore their total cumulative wages were less than minimum wage. Attorney Pinkham argued that the regulation did not apply to a multi-bedroom apartment, and that the fair market value of the housing can be considered wages.  The Appeals Court agreed with Attorney Pinkham’s interpretation of the regulation and ruled in favor of the defendant, employer motel-owner.

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Jenifer Pinkham wins unanimous jury verdict for local business in wage lawsuit.

Phifer Pinkham, LLC congratulates Jenifer Pinkham on successfully defending a local mechanical insulation contracting company against wage claims brought against the company by ex-employees. The ex-employees brought claims seeking multiple damages and attorneys’ fees under the Massachusetts Wage Act claiming that the company had a handbook policy that required them to arrive 10-minutes early each day and failed to pay them for that 10-minutes of work each day over several years. Attorney Pinkham, on behalf of the company, argued that the employees were not only paid for all hours worked, but were likely paid for more hours than they worked per day, as employees self-reported their own hours to the company, and testimony revealed that employees typically took much longer breaks than allowed and frequently left the jobsites early. The jury found unanimously in favor of the defendant-company.