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Technology Solutions, Inc. To Pay Cable Installation Technician Forty Thousand Dollars For Improperly Withheld Wages And Payroll Deductions

Posted: June 14, 2016
Practice Areas: Employment Law

Berger & Montague, P.C., Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C., and Wexler Wallace LLP announce that Technology Solutions, Inc. ("TSI") has paid $40,000.00 to a former Cable Installation Technician as compensation for unpaid overtime wages and other improperly withheld compensation, in connection with a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, McKnight v. Technology Solutions, Inc., 5:16-cv-00170 (C.D. Cal.).

The Cable Installation Technician alleged that TSI violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and California state laws by illegally misclassifying its Cable Installation Technicians as independent contractors instead of employees.  The Cable Installation Technician alleged that TSI made illegal deductions from his and other Cable Installation Technician's pay checks and withheld overtime wages owed for working more than 40 hours a week. In response, TSI agreed to pay $40,000 plus reasonable attorneys' fees and costs and offered to have judgment entered against it to avoid challenging the claims or litigating the case.  Judgment was entered against TSI on June 9, 2016.

Plaintiff McKnight is represented by Shanon J. Carson, Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen, and Alexandra K. Piazza of Berger & Montague, P.C.; Harold Lichten of Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C.; Edward A. Wallace of Wexler Wallace LLP; and Robert Starr and Adam Rose of Law Office of Robert Starr.

"This lawsuit is another unfortunate example of employers attempting to take advantage of their workers by misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of employees, in an effort to avoid paying rightfully owed compensation and benefits," said Sarah Schalman-Bergen of Berger & Montague.  "Berger & Montague and our co-counsel aggressively litigate these cases, and we hope that this judgment sends a message to TSI and other employers that they must properly classify their workforce," Ms. Schalman-Bergen explained.

The firms representing Plaintiff have extensive experience in litigating wage and hour cases involving the failure to pay wages and other compensation.  Please visit any of the firms' websites,,, and for more information.  You may also contact Alexandra K. Piazza at or (215) 875-3033.