September 26, 2014 Last Updated 2:11 pm

Court finds that McClatchy’s Sacramento Bee misclassified its newspaper carriers as independent contractors

The Superior Court for the County of Sacramento has ruled that the Sacramento Bee, a McClatchy newspaper, misclassified its newspaper carriers as independent contractors when they were, in fact, employees.

Damages have yet to be determined.

“It is an industry practice to misclassify newspaper carriers as independent contractors so the newspaper can avoid paying the taxes and other employee benefits associated with their being an employee,” said Daniel J. Callahan of Callahan & Blaine. “The newspaper industry make the carriers, as a condition for their hire, purchase insurance which can substitute for otherwise employer-purchased workers= compensation.”

The decision in Sawin v. The McClatchy Company was issued on September 22, followed a trial that began in February.

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