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Installation Technicians File Lawsuit Against Midwest Communication Services, LLC and Dish Network

Installation technicians who worked for Midwest Communication Services, Inc. and Dish Network Service, L.L.C. (“Defendants”) in Minnesota filed a lawsuit on January 7, 2020 alleging violations of federal and state overtime laws.  The workers brought the case on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated installation technicians who installed Dish products and services through Midwest Communication Services.

The workers allege that they were misclassified as independent contractors and should have been employees.  Specifically, the Complaint alleges that installation technicians were paid on a piece-rate/per task basis only and not paid an overtime premium when they worked overtime hours.  It also alleges that technicians’ pay was unlawfully subject to deductions for various reasons. The lawsuit was filed as a collective action under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and as a class action under Minnesota state laws.  The workers seek unpaid overtime compensation, an award for unlawful deductions, and double damages. 

Plaintiffs’ attorney Michele Fisher of Nichols Kaster, PLLP explained, “installers are often misclassified as independent contractors, which routinely denies them the overtime premiums they should have received had they been correctly classified as employees.  It is our position that these installers deserve overtime premiums for the overtime hours they worked and should not have been subjected to unlawful chargebacks to their pay.” 

Plaintiffs are represented by Michele R. Fisher and Jay E. Eidsness from Nichols Kaster, PLLP, which has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco, California.  The case is entitled, Seward et al. v. Midwest Communication Services, Inc. and Dish Network Service, L.L.C, Case No.: 0:20-cv-00093 (District of Minnesota).

Additional information about how to make a claim for overtime pay in the case may be found at or by calling Nichols Kaster, PLLP toll free at (877) 448-0492.