LOS ANGELES – Former employees for various insurance agencies allege they were misclassified as independent contractors and have filed a class-action suit.
Kevin Gou, Candice Ngai and Gloria H. Liu filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated on Feb. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Heights Insurance Group Inc., doing business as Kcal Insurance Agency; Good Deal Insurance Services; Best Option Insurance Services; AMAS Insurance Agency; Kenny Changa and Does 1 through 100 alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and state labor laws.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that they suffered damages from not being provided meal and rest breaks, were not paid overtime wages or provided itemized wage statements. The plaintiffs holds Heights Insurance Group Inc., doing business as Kcal Insurance Agency; Good Deal Insurance Services; Best Option Insurance Services; AMAS Insurance Agency; Changa and Does 1 through 100 responsible because the defendants allegedly misclassified their employees as independent contractors in order to avoid paying them overtime ages.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek nominal damages, actual and compensatory damages, punitive and exemplary damages, liquidated damages, unpaid wages, interest, disgorgement of profits, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. They are represented by Tom C. Tsay and Helen W. Quan of Law Offices of Tom C. Tsay Inc. in San Gabriel.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:17-cv-01402-CAS-GJS