Bethany Katz, et al. v. DNC Services Corp. d/b/a Democratic National Committee, et al.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Docket No: 16-5800

Counsel: Justin Swidler, Richard Swartz

As reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, On November 9, 2016, Bethany Katz, an organizer who worked directly for the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee, filed a federal lawsuit, on behalf of herself and all other organizers who worked directly or indirectly for the DNC, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania asserting that the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”) and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party violated federal and state law by requiring her and others to work in excess of 40 hours per workweek while denying her and others overtime compensation guaranteed by law.

On January 20, 2017, Ms. Katz, joined by 6 other organizers who directly worked for other state democratic parties, amended the Complaint, adding 6 other state democratic parties to the lawsuit, and alleging that the state parties worked with the DNC in coordinating work and denying overtime pay to organizers.

This lawsuit is not an attack on the Democratic Party, its ideals, or its candidates. The progressive movement, of which the Democratic Party strives to meaningfully advance, is indeed responsible for the very laws of which this lawsuit is premised. The Democratic Party is commended for its efforts in pursing higher and fairer wages for workers throughout the country. But the “Democratic Party” is not an abstraction; it is composed of hard working individuals who fight day and night for what they believe is right. The people on the ground level of the campaigns – the organizers – work tirelessly during the campaign season to ensure that Democratic voters will show up and vote on election day. Such tireless efforts are taken to advance the progressive movement, including to advance the rights of workers. In our last election, the fight for higher minimum wages was officially adopted as one of the canons of the Democratic Party.

This lawsuit seeks fair pay for fair work. It seeks to hold the Democratic Party to the very ideals that progressives have worked so hard to achieve for workers throughout this country. In so holding the Party to these ideals, we believe sincerely that we will improve the Party.

The lawsuit seeks unpaid overtime on behalf of all organizers who worked directly for the DNC or who worked for any state democratic committee in the last three years. If you have worked as an organizer for the DNC or any state democratic committee, you can join the lawsuit by filing a consent form below. By joining the lawsuit, you may be entitled to receive compensation for overtime hours worked in the last three years. Depending on the results received and the number of hours you worked, you may be entitled to several thousand dollars. However, as with all litigation, there is no guarantee that Plaintiffs will prevail. However, if you do not join, you will not be entitled and will not be able to receive any money in this lawsuit as a result of any federal wage violations committed by the DNC or the state democratic parties. Thus, if you wish to assert your rights and obtain compensation from the case, you must join the lawsuit.

Swartz Swidler, LLC has taken this case on a contingency fee. They may be entitled to receive attorneys’ fees and costs from Defendants should there be a recovery or judgment in favor of the Plaintiffs. If there is a recovery, Swartz Swidler, LLC will receive a part of any settlement obtained or money judgment entered in favor of all members of the class or their fees will be paid separately by the DNC and/or the state democratic parties. If there is no recovery or judgment in Plaintiffs’ favor, Swartz Swidler, LLC will not seek any attorney’s fees or costs from any of the Plaintiffs.

For further information, please feel free to reach out to Justin Swidler at (856) 685-7420, the lead attorney on the case. You may also read the filed Complaint below.

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