On January 11, 2021, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office announced that it was cracking down on misclassification of workers in the construction industry.

From the Inquirer:

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer has filed criminal charges against a York County construction company for allegedly misclassifying its workers on a Delaware County project, officials announced Monday. …

Worker misclassification — when employers attempt to cut costs and avoid responsibility for worker protections by treating workers as independent contractors instead of employees — is common in the construction industry. Employees have legal rights, such as worker’s compensation and the right to be paid minimum wage; independent contractors do not.

In Philadelphia, workers who are either undocumented or misclassified as independent contractors make up 15% to 25% of the local construction industry, according to estimates in a 2018 report from the Office of the City Controller. …

In 2019, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner hired a lawyer to focus on crimes against workers. The office’s economic crimes unit is now in the final stage of an investigation of a contractor, Krasner spokesperson Jane Roh said. Shapiro is one of several state attorneys general who has prioritized holding employers accountable for their treatment of workers.

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Watch Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer announce his intent to investigate and prosecute cases of worker misclassification in Delaware County.