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