The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis recently filed a class action lawsuit against BioReference Laboratories on behalf of current and former COVID-19 Swabbers and Team Leads (or “Plaintiffs”) staffed on Royal Caribbean cruises nationwide who were not paid for all of the hours they worked, and not reimbursed for all of their out-of-pocket business expenses.
Here’s a summary of the allegations in our Class Action Complaint:
Lead Plaintiff Larry Rosenberg and the Class Plaintiffs are bringing claims on behalf of all BioReference Swabbers and Team Leads who were assigned to Royal Caribbean Group cruise ships to conduct tests of cruise ship crew and passengers boarding or disembarking cruises in the cities of Bayonne, New Jersey; Los Angeles, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Miami, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Galveston, Texas; Port Canaveral, Florida; Seattle, Washington; or Tampa, Florida.
The violations alleged by Lead Plaintiff Rosenberg and the Class Plaintiffs include:
- Failing to pay for pre-boarding and post-boarding work activities and compensable waiting time before ship departure;
- Scheduling Plaintiffs for a one-hour unpaid meal break but requiring them to return to work after forty-five minutes to perform work like putting on their personal protective equipment and making other preparations so that they could begin performing tests immediately when they were back “on the clock” after lunch;
- Failing to pay Plaintiffs for after-hours work performed “off the clock” on tasks such as performing administrative tasks, answering emails and texts, and remaining “on call” to answer the ship phone and respond to emergencies.
BioReference classified all Swabbers and Team Leads inconsistently – they classified some as W2 employees while others were misclassified as independent contractors. Despite this, for all swabbers working for BioReference on Royal Caribbean cruises, including misclassified independent contractors, the conditions of employment were nearly identical.
Our lawsuit includes current and former Swabbers and Team Leads working as W2 employees and as 1099 independent contractors across the country. Given this, the lawsuit has the potential to reach thousands of BioReference Swabbers and Team Leads.
Our firm is looking for other Swabbers and Team Leads to come forward and provide useful information on the unlawful practices alleged in our Complaint.
If you believe you have useful information and would like to speak with one of the attorneys involved in the lawsuit, please review a copy of the complaint below or call our firm at the number listed above.
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