This case issue involves the potential extraterritorial application of the Massachusetts Wage Act. Three independent contractors who reside and work in New York sued Eastern Connection, a business in Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sought to prosecute claims under the Massachusetts independent contractor statute, the minimum wage act, and the minimum overtime law.
The Superior Court granted Eastern Connection's motion to dismiss on the grounds that New York, rather than Massachusetts law applies, because "none of the plaintiffs have any contact with Massachusetts other than through their employment by the defendant." The Plaintiffs then appealed the dismissal. Now the Supreme Judicial Court has taken the appeal.
Status: Pending - Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.