Harris v. Medical Transportation Management, Inc.

Class Actions
Worker's Rights
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In this combined class action and collective action lawsuit, our clients are drivers providing non-emergency medical transportation services in the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs allege that Medical Transportation Management, Inc. (MTM) failed to pay them legally required wages. Pursuant to contracts with the District, MTM is responsible for providing non-emergency medical transportation services to Medicaid recipients. As a contractor with the District, MTM is obligated to pay the drivers not only the minimum wage but also the D.C. living wage. Instead, MTM typically paid the drivers either flat weekly rates or trip rates that, when divided by the number of hours worked, resulted in an effective hourly wage falling below the required minimum wage and living wage rates and failed to include a premium rate for overtime.

After the case was filed, MTM moved to dismiss all of the claims in the lawsuit, arguing that the plaintiffs had failed to state a claim for relief. After briefing was completed, the district court held oral argument on the motion to dismiss on January 22, 2018. On March 5, 2018, the court denied MTM’s motion to dismiss as to all but one claim. First, the court held the plaintiffs had plausibly alleged that MTM was their joint employer under federal and D.C. wage laws. Second, the court held the plaintiffs had stated a claim under an alternative theory of liability that MTM was a general contractor under D.C. wage laws and, therefore, liable for the wage violations of its subcontractors. Third, the court rejected MTM’s argument that it was exempt from D.C. Living Wage Act as a provider of “direct care services.” Lastly, the court dismissed plaintiffs’ third-party beneficiary breach of contract claim. The case now proceeds to discovery as to the plaintiffs’ claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the D.C. Minimum Wage Act, the D.C. Living Wage Act, and the D.C. Wage Payment and Collection Law.