Another hearing is scheduled for this morning at 10am in the class action lawsuit by gig workers, independent contractors, and self employed workers against the Nevada Department of Training and Rehabilitation (DETR). In the first hearing on July 21, Washoe County Judge Barry Breslow did rule in favor of two groups of gig workers and ordered DETR to pay those groups by July 28. Reports indicate that DETR has not complied with that order. The judge also said that DETR must show progress in paying claims to “first filers” and to those stuck in the gray area between not qualifying for regular unemployment and being told by DETR that they don’t qualify for PUA. Nothing has been done to satisfy those claimants either. Over the past week, DETR has claimed that they are overrun with fraudulent claims and that a glitch in their system kept many claimants from getting their final $600 payment under the CARES Act. The Nevada Assembly Republicans sent a letter on Wednesday to the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Labor, asking for an investigation into DETR’s failures to properly implement the PUA portion of the CARES Act. Reno attorney Mark Thierman, who represents the gig workers, says he will file a motion to hold DETR in contempt of court for failing to abide by the judge’s orders. This morning’s hearing will be streamed over various social media platforms.
Born in New York City but also consider myself a native of Detroit. Attended college at Michigan State University. Started radio career in Detroit in 1980. Moved to Vegas in 1989. Worked 14 years at KCEP 88.1 before getting hired at Beasley with 105.7 in 2014.