A Massachusetts woman has sued Handy, a New York startup that connects “individuals looking for household services” with “service professionals,” including home cleaners, among others.
In the proposed class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday, Maisha Emmanuel claims that she was initially required to purchase a “cleaning kit.” Apparently, paying it off required working “more than 30 hours her first week,” for which she was paid a net of $14.
Emmanuel argues that the company is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The federal law, written in 1938, dictates who is and isn’t an employee, and it has some overriding principles. (Massachusetts and others states have a similar corresponding state law.)
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