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Ex-Bloomberg Campaign Workers Win Collective Action Cert.

Sep 3, 2020 / News Item
A New York federal judge on Thursday conditionally certified a collective action by former staffers that worked on Mike Bloomberg's failed presidential bid who accused the billionaire's campaign of failing to pay unpaid overtime and reneging on a promise to employ them through November. Manhattan U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein, who is overseeing the litigation along with U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, said in a 12-page order that the former field organizers have cleared the hurdles to proceed with the case. The order noted that at this preliminary stage in the case, the...
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Bloomberg agrees to cover healthcare costs for former campaign staff members through November

Apr 27, 2020 / News Item
Michael Bloomberg has agreed under pressure to provide healthcare coverage for members of his now-defunct presidential campaign through the month of November if they need it. "Given these extraordinary circumstances, the campaign will cover the cost of COBRA through November, 2020. This is aimed at supporting those who have not already secured replacement healthcare coverage," said an email to staff obtained by Politico's Christopher Cadelago. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act or COBRA continuation coverage gives workers and their families who have lost health coverage due to...
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Bloomberg to pay laid-off staffers' health care through November amid lawsuits, public pressure

Apr 27, 2020 / News Item
Mike Bloomberg is agreeing to pay for health care through November for the more than 2,000 campaign staffers he laid off after suspending his presidential bid as he faces public pressure and multiple lawsuits over allegations he let go of workers he’d promised to keep employed through the 2020 election. The human resources department for Bloomberg’s now-defunct campaign notified former staffers of the decision in an email Monday that was obtained by NBC News. The email says it’s a “difficult and stressful time” during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Given these extraordinary circumstances, the...
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Laid off Bloomberg staffers docked taxes for campaign phones, computers

Mar 31, 2020 / News Item
Laid off campaign staffers to Michael Bloomberg's campaign who received their final paychecks on Tuesday were docked hundreds of dollars to cover taxes on their campaign-issued cellphone and laptop, three former Bloomberg campaign staffers told NBC News. The deductions came as a lawsuit against the Bloomberg campaign, alleging that the campaign fraudulently promised jobs through November, has grown from one plaintiff to more than 50. The plaintiffs are seeking to get the case certified as a class action in seven states, a move that could raise the number of claimants to over a thousand...
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Ex-Bloomberg field organizer proposes class-action lawsuit against campaign

Mar 24, 2020 / News Item
A former Bloomberg campaign staffer filed a proposed class-action lawsuit claiming that the former New York City mayor reneged on promises to pay employees through November 2020 whether or not he won the Democratic presidential nomination. Donna Wood, who worked as a field organizer for the campaign, noted that many employees left their previous jobs in order to work on the campaign with the understanding that they would continue to be paid until November's election and receive full health care benefits for themselves and their families. Nevertheless, she claimed, the campaign "terminated the...
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Former Campaign Employees File Class Action Lawsuit Against Ex-Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg

Mar 24, 2020 / Press Release
Former employees of Michael Bloomberg have filed a class action lawsuit against the previous presidential candidate’s campaign, claiming losses after Bloomberg reversed plans to finance a field program through the November general election. The move left 1,500 former campaign staff members across the country without jobs and health care benefits in the middle of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The Shavitz Law Group, P.A. and Outten & Golden LLP filed the suit overnight in the Southern District of New York. The complaint also alleges that Bloomberg 2020, Inc. violated the Fair Labor...
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Ex-Field Organizers Sue Bloomberg Campaign, Claiming They Were Misled

Mar 24, 2020 / News Item
Former field organizers for Michael R. Bloomberg filed two proposed class-action lawsuits against his presidential campaign Monday, arguing that they and thousands of others laid off this month had been tricked into taking jobs they were told would last until November. The lawsuits, both filed in federal court in New York City, argued that the campaign had recruited staff members to work on Mr. Bloomberg’s bid under false pretenses, preventing them from pursuing other opportunities. One of the suits, brought by a former field organizer in Florida, also alleged the campaign had breached its...
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Former Staffers Sue Bloomberg Campaign Over Layoffs

Mar 23, 2020 / News Item
Former field organizers for Michael Bloomberg’s campaign have filed two proposed class-action lawsuits in federal court in New York City, making the case that the staffers were terminated after being promised jobs and benefits through November. One of the lawsuits, which is seeking a minimum of $48 million in damages, argues that Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign “fraudulently induced” staffers into working for him and failed to pay staff overtime wages, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Donna Wood, who worked in Miami for the former New York City mayor’s presidential bid, is named as the...
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Bloomberg campaign faces potential class action lawsuit for layoffs

Mar 23, 2020 / News Item
WASHINGTON — Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign is facing a potential class action lawsuit for allegedly promising jobs through November to more than a thousand campaign staffers and then laying them off last week. A former field organizer, Donna Wood, filed the suit today in U.S. District Court, in the southern district of New York, on behalf of herself and others seeking to get it certified by the court as a class action. NBC News first reported in January that Bloomberg was planning to fund a major campaign effort through November and was committing to pay staff through then, even...
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Bloomberg Campaign Sued by Ex Field Organizer in Class-Action Case for Breach of Contract

Mar 23, 2020 / News Item
Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign was sued Monday by its former field organizer, alleging that thousands of workers were duped into jobs and not paid overtime only to be laid off when the former New York mayor exited the race. The class-action lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in New York City on Monday, argues that the campaign deprived employees “of promised income and health-care benefits, leaving them and their families potentially uninsured in the face of a global pandemic.” Sally Abrahamson , a lawyer representing the former field organizer named Donna Wood, told The New...
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