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house Bill H.R. 76

Prohibiting Class Action Lawsuits Over the Misclassification of Contractors in the "Gig Economy"

Argument in favor

Many small businesses in the “gig economy” rely on independent contractors for their operations, and they can’t afford the threat of class action suits alleging the misclassification of employees.

Ronald's Opinion
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01/16/2019
Stop All "Class Action Lawsuits. Attorneys use these to get rich pretending to "help" people as the attorney's keep most of the money in "fees"
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JTJ's Opinion
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02/02/2019
This bill does not infringe on the rights of individuals, it helps to stop predatory attorneys and preserve the gig economy industry.
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KyleCorley's Opinion
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02/02/2019
This helps protect small businesses that cannot handle lawsuits that their contractors might bring upon them.
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Argument opposed

Many businesses use independent contractors to fill important roles within the organization, and if the lines between contractors and employees become blurred those workers should be able to file class action lawsuits.

burrkitty's Opinion
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02/02/2019
Just reading the title, I knew this was sponsored by a Republican. Removing worker protections, preventing legal recourse for the little guy, protecting shady business practices. Bad stuff. The “gig economy” isn’t a good thing anyway. It never has been. It exacerbates the disappearance of traditional jobs, with the benefits and legal protections they provided. It only exists as a compensation reaction to the economic meltdown. Very few people would rather have “gigs”. The majority of people like the security of a predictable paycheck and benefits.
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Kevin's Opinion
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02/02/2019
Gig employers don’t pay any benefits and rely on “contractors” desperate for work at low wages. If an employer sets the time, place and wages, they are essentially hiring employees. By calling these employees “contractors” they avoid paying social security, unemployment and bookkeepers to insure the proper taxes are collected and distributed to the proper authorities.
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RjGoodman's Opinion
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02/02/2019
It is the employers responsibility to properly classify their employees. Employers that have breached their responsibility should have consequences.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019
    Large corporations with lots of money shouldn’t be allowed to restrict their employees from bringing class action against them. Let’s stop giving breaks to the 1% and large corporations. It’s about time that the 99% should also be given some voice. Congress take care of the people who voted you in that cushy positions.
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    Are these swamp creatures in Congress serious? This is a blatant attack on everyday working Americans! Class-action lawsuits are desperately needed in order to fight back against corporate greed since they’re much more likely to be successful than any individual case. Preventing class-action suits just further entrenches a system in this country that favors the ultra-wealthy over everyone else.
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    This is just another way to attack the collective rights of workers. If companies choose to misclassify workers, that is a problem of management and workers should be able to collectively correct it.
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    👎🏻 Protect the Gig Economy Act of 2018 👎🏻 I’m in opposition to this bill known as the Protect the Gig Economy Act of 2018 — would prohibit class action lawsuits alleging the misclassification of employees as independent contractors from being filed against businesses. The right of workers to individually sue for alleged misclassification would not be impacted. Many businesses use independent contractors to fill important roles within the organization, and if the lines between contractors and employees become blurred those workers should be able to file class action lawsuits. SneakyPete......... 👎🏻🤷‍♀️🤷🏼‍♂️👎🏻. 2*2*19..........
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    Are you kidding me? Are you honestly kidding me with this?
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    We do not need a law prohibiting the initiation of class-action law suits. The legal system has and will decide the merits of each case based on legal precedent and the details of the particular case. It seems to create more bureaucratic waste to legislate such things.
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    I am not exactly up to speed on this but I do know people who were first hired as a corporate employee at say Boeing. Then their job was farmed our to a consulting company and suddenly their pay was cut in half. So, as perhaps an over generalization, I suspect “giging” has happened with iterations throughout our economy. Yes, a job is better than no job and jobs can be offshored but this move seems to have made the worker poorer and those at the top richer.
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    This helps protect small businesses that cannot handle lawsuits that their contractors might bring upon them.
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    Absolutely not. Class actions are an essential vehicle for people with less money to access justice.
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    I am strongly against eroding worker’s rights even further. This is another step in devaluing labor and unweaving the fabric that holds civilized society together.
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    Stop supporting big businesses, while making money off independent contractors. Contractors should have the right to sue.
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    This is just another way to protect big corporations which do wrong & then the workers aren’t allowed to sue. Just what poor workers DON’T WANT!! i swear. The Republicans have lost their minds when it comes to treating people with equality and empathy. Every time I hear one of them talk about their religious beliefs & family values I want to vomit.
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    These companies should be held responsible for the classification of their employees
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    This is another way to keep profits in the hands of the corporate elite. Mentioning small business does not negate the fact that the big winners will be . . . The same big winners of the overwhelming majority of economic bills passed by the right. It was put forth by a Republican. Unfortunately, that means it's bad for workers.
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    As a small business owner, you might think I’m for this concept. You’d be wrong. We need worker protections, especially in the “Right to Work” states, which should be classified as the “Right to work for slave wages” states, which is what happens when you bust unions.
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    Instead, let’s pass a law to stop Stupid Repugnacant Bills.
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    Another power grab by companies to abuse and exploit the hell of workers 🙄
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    Another clueless Republican bill!
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    Mistakes happen and corrections need to be made. Get with it, guys. Stop limiting people’s rights.
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    Many businesses and even our government uses contractors and relies upon them to fill in gaps of employees that may not have that particular training or expertise and it isn’t economical to hire them for a temporary job.
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