BEER & CLE TRIPARTITE SERIES - SESSION ONE
Ride Shares and Exotic Dancers: The Bumpy Road with Employee vs. Independent Contractor Classification
1 CLE hour
Networking, drinks and hors d'oeuvres: 5:30 pm
Program: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Moderator: Matthew Simmons, Shepherd Law, LLC
Bennett Alsher (involved in multiple lawsuits regarding improper classification at strip clubs)
Stephen E. Wolfe (Plaintiff-side Employment Law)
Ellis Liu (represents an international ride share company)
The purpose of this CLE is to provide lawyers an inside look into the difficult process employers and lawyers alike have in determining whether a worker is designated as an employee or an independent contractor. Misclassification issues can result in heavy fines and significant financial penalties. Mr. Alsher, Mr. Wolfe, and Mr. Liu each have significant experience dealing with this thorny issue and will impart significant knowledge to the attendees on the topic.
Why you Need to Attend – This unique CLE event provides those in attendance with an opportunity to hear directly from extremely-knowledgeable practitioners on the process of worker classification.
Materials to be Distributed –
Mr. Alsher, Mr. Wolfe, and Mr. Liu will each prepare and send, in advance, CLE-approved written materials to all attendees detailing the nature of their respective tips, tools, and advice.
• Exotic Dancers – Mr. Alsher will share his experiences litigating the employee vs. independent contractor
issue as it relates to exotic dancers. Over the last several years, the adult entertainment industry has been
hit with several large judgments for misclassification, and Mr. Alsher will be able to clarify how and why
these cases go one way or the other.
• Ride Share Drivers – Mr. Liu has been deeply entrenched in the recent national focus on whether ride
share drivers should be considered to be employees or independent contractors. These individuals
choose their own schedules, travel to the areas which they think will be most profitable, and determine
what type of vehicle they want to drive. So how can they be considered to be employees? Mr. Liu will
• Relevant Federal & State Law – While Mr. Wolfe will be contributing to the other topics; he will also speak
to the relevant Federal and State laws, regulations, and other governing principles that relate to the
classification issue. Given their experience in this area, Mr. Alsher and Mr. Liu will also be sharing their
Atlanta Bar Member: $40
Law Students: $25 for Members/$35 for Non-Members
Written materials will be emailed before the seminar to all pre-registrants, and after the session to at-door registrants.
Non-Members must register via the registration form.
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