Regarding the Nov. 23 Contract to Cheat article “ Hard work, no pay – and no help from state”: The message from the N.C. Department of Labor is loud and clear.
Workers have every right to sue an employer for misclassifying them as independent contractors and for not paying wages. Just don’t expect the state to help!
Ironically, the state could go after the same employers for tax evasion. Ever wonder why not? What is so wrong with the NCDOL position is that the average worker cannot afford to hire an attorney, and few attorneys will take such a case unless on a pro bono basis.
Further, it isn’t a matter of the NCDOL taking sides. Rather, it’s a matter of law and doing due diligence to investigate alleged wrongdoings.
So why did The N&O do a five-part series on these illegal practices in September and follow up two months later with a review and story about several men denied back pay? The answer is clear: Nothing has changed, and Cherie Berry has stonewalled The N&O.
In effect Berry has communicated clearly to thousands of businesses in North Carolina: We will not investigate you.