MFLC Overtime Pay Lawsuit: Military and Family Life Consultants Class Action

  • Issue: Overtime pay improperly denied

MFLC Overtime Class Action Against MHN

In June and July 2013, the Court ordered notice to be sent to all MFLCs who worked for MHN at some point after May 15, 2009. The notice describes the litigation and provides MFLCs with an opportunity to opt into the case by submitting a Consent to Join form. The deadline to submit a Consent to Join form passed on September 25, 2013.

Lieff Cabraser, with co-counsel, represents Military & Family Life Consultants ("MFLCs"), who have worked as independent contractors for MHN Government Services, Inc. and Managed Health Network, Inc. MFLCs work at military bases across the U.S., and they provide a variety of services to soldiers and their families.

The class action complaint alleges that MHN has misclassified MFLCs as independent contractors, and that MHN should have paid and should be paying MFLCs for all the overtime hours they work, as well as for other benefits regular employees earn. The case seeks to provide money and benefits for current and former MFLCs throughout the nation, under federal and state laws.

The essence of Plaintiffs' argument is that MHN exercises extensive control over the MFLCs -- including by training them, requiring them to pass tests, requiring them to meet with supervisors daily, providing materials for MFLCs to present to service members, prohibiting family visits, imposing a dress code, and more. MFLCs constitute MHN's entire workforce, and MFLCs have no opportunity for profit or loss like true independent contractors do. Furthermore, MFLCs are not allowed to perform professional counseling or therapeutic services – they are limited to a consulting role.

Contact Lieff Cabraser

Current and former MFLCs who worked for MHN or any other company that wish to submit a complaint, report their work experiences, or learn more about this lawsuit and their legal rights should use the form below to contact an employee rights lawyer at Lieff Cabraser. Alternatively, you can call Lieff Cabraser employment attorney Phong-Chau Nguyen toll-free at 1 800-541-7358. We will review your claim confidentially, for free, and without any obligation.

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