In September 2015 firm attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit against the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The complaint, which was filed in the Michigan Court of Claims, alleges that the automated system used for detecting and adjudicating unemployment insurance fraud, falsely accuses thousands of innocent claimants. According to the lawsuit, the state's reliance on the automated system "deprives UIA claimants of due process and fair treatment because it determines guilt without providing notice, without proving guilt and without affording claimants an opportunity to be heard before penalties are imposed." [caption id="attachment_1383" align="alignleft" width="237"] PMP&R Attorney Jennifer Lord[/caption] "We've interviewed over 500 people who UIA falsely accused of fraud, were not provided proper notice of the fraud accusations, and then subjected to unlawful wage garnishments and income refund seizures," said firm attorney Jennifer Lord. Lord says, despite recent claims made by UIA that problems with its automated system have been addressed, the firm is interviewing people who are still reporting unlawful seizures of tax refunds and assessments of huge fines and penalties -- some in excess of $80,000. According to Lord, progress of the lawsuit has been slow but steady, as the state continues efforts to derail or further delay the class action. But, Lord said, the allegations made by hundreds of former claimants and detailed in the lawsuit were recently cited and supported in a number of public pronouncements, including: *Michigan's Auditor General issued a report in February 2016 saying that UIA was wrong 92 percent of the time it made fraud and misrepresentation determinations. *In another April 2016 report, the state's Office of the Auditor General was critical of the agency's claimant services and communication efforts. The report noted that in some weeks UIA did not answer 90 percent of hundreds of thousands of claimants calls. It also said that correspondence to claimants was repeatedly sent to incorrect addresses, even after being returned as undeliverable. *On April 25, 2013, U.S. House Rep. Sander Levin wrote an open letter to Gov. Snyder urging him to review the UIA's claims of fraud and fully reimburse those citizens harmed by inaccurate determinations and collection. Rep. Levin is the ranking member of the House Committee on Ways & Means, which has jurisdiction over the federal-state system of unemployment compensation. *The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News published editorials on consecutive days which were critical of the same UIA fraud determination methods, inadequate notification of claimants and other agency shortcomings. Both newspapers called for swift action to fix the problems. "It's a gratifying to have such great support from credible sources. The increased visibility will help us to continue building our case and reach more potential class members," said Lord. Additional information at UIAFraudClassAction.com.
Beth Rivers Cited in Legal News Article on Recent Court of Appeals Ruling in John Does vs. Michigan Department of Corrections Case
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Saru Jayaraman, Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley and co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United, will be the keynote speaker at the March 18 annual dinner of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. "Saru has done outstanding work on wage equality and workplace harassment issues. We're excited to have her as our keynote speaker this year," said PMP&R co-founding partner Cary McGehee, who is the long-time Chair of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights.
Michael Pitt was cited in a Feb. 4, 2018 Detroit Free Press/Legal Doctrine of Governmental Immunity in Civil Proceedings
Michael Pitt was cited in a Feb. 4, 2018, Detroit Free Press op-ed on the legal doctrine of governmental immunity in civil proceedings
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Julie Hurwitz and Paul Novak cited by MLive in coverage of oral arguments in Michigan Court of Appeals: Read More Here
Julie Hurwitz & Paul Novak were cited by Detroit News in coverage of Flint Class Action arguments in Court of Appeals: Read More Here
Jennifer Lord commented on WWJ/CBS Radio 950 about sexual conduct in the workplace for Charlie Langton Briefs: Listen Here
Julie Hurwitz and Paul Novak were cited by Michigan Radio/NPR in coverage of oral arguments regarding Flint water class action in Michigan Court of Appeals: Read More Here
Co-counsel Megan Bonanni and Jennifer MacManus were cited in Livingston Daily's updated coverage of the Taco Bell/Sundance, Inc. FLSA class action. Read More Here
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Co-counsel Megan Bonanni and Jennifer McManus were cited in Detroit Free Press coverage of their class action lawsuit filed against Sundance, Inc. for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act: Detroit Free Press -- "500 Joing Wage...
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Michael Pitt was cited in Law360's coverage of an age discrimination lawsuit in which the firm is co-counsel representing Fiat Chrysler employees make the allegations. Click here.
Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers serves as co-counsel in an age discrimination suit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers serves as co-counsel with Akeel & Valentine (Troy, Mich.) representing workers in an age discrimination suit filed against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles last year. Akeel & Valentine partner Shereef Akeel was...