Are D.C.’s Sharing-Economy Workers Getting the Short End of the Stick?

Attorneys Nicholas Migliaccio and Jason Rathod, and their client Chito Peppler, were featured in a Washington City Paper article about wage theft in the sharing economy. The article profiled Mr. Peppler’s wage theft case in Washington D.C. against Postmates, an on-demand courier service that classifies its employees as independent contractors. The suit alleges that couriers, such as Mr. Peppler, should be classified as employees and therefore entitled to minimum wage and overtime protections of the law. Mr. Peppler is awaiting a ruling on a jurisdictional motion before the case can move forward.

The article ended with a quote:

“Wage theft happens across industries, to people from all walks of life,” Rathod says. “It’s a problem where employers in almost every field have tried to cheat the system. We just think communities should feel passionately that people should get a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.”