Blackwater Sued For Allegedly Failing To Pay Benefits

BlackwaterReports Agence France-Presse via the Raw Story:

WASHINGTON — Four former employees of Blackwater, the scandal-plagued security firm now called Xe, have filed a $60 million class action lawsuit claiming the firm failed to pay health and pension benefits to its employees.

Their lawyer, Scott Bloch, said Wednesday that Xe improperly classified thousands of its employees as independent contractors, allowing the company to avoid “millions of dollars in taxes, withholding and payments of benefits.”

“Blackwater made hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers and hired thousands of former veterans of military service and police officers,” said Bloch in a statement.

“It is a grave injustice to them who were mistreated and left without any health insurance or other benefits for their families, and left to fend for themselves in paying into Social Security and Medicare,” he said.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Washington, and hopes to recover Social Security, unemployment insurance, health and other benefits for the four plaintiffs, all of whom were injured while working for Blackwater.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    It’s hard to believe that a patriotic company like Blackwater Xe would intentionally dodge paying taxes to the US.Gov and benefits to those mercenaries hired to protect the rights of corporations.  If true, It would seem that their actions are inline with that policies of the US military.  Shocking!

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Certainly does make you wonder what the board meetings are like:

      “Okay, gentlemen.  I appreciate you taking time off the fairway to attend this meeting . . .

      (titters of inebriated laughter)

      . . . so I’ll make this brief.  We have completed, quite simply the most marvelous quarter of BlackwaterXe’s entire history.  You can reference the reports placed near your triclinia if you care to, but I’ll just note in passing that maimings were up 27% over the same quarter of the prior year alone.

      Yes, Senator Johnson?  Oh yes–I see you left your copy in the vomitorium.  Eunuch!  Please fetch Senator Ron Johnson another copy of this quarter’s report?  Thank you.

      Now as I was saying . . . “

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    It’s hard to believe that a patriotic company like Blackwater Xe would intentionally dodge paying taxes to the US.Gov and benefits to those mercenaries hired to protect the rights of corporations.  If true, It would seem that their actions are inline with that policies of the US military.  Shocking!

  • Hadrian999

    all kinds of companies try to do this, one guy i worked for informed all his employees they were now “private contractors” now because he didn’t want to pay unemployment insurance or carry any insurance.

  • Hadrian999

    all kinds of companies try to do this, one guy i worked for informed all his employees they were now “private contractors” now because he didn’t want to pay unemployment insurance or carry any insurance.

  • smooth_operator

    Well, considering a plethora of companies do this, is it any surprise a company in the business of killing for money would be omit?

  • Anonymous

    Well, considering a plethora of companies do this, is it any surprise a company in the business of killing for money would be omit?

  • Anonymous

    Certainly does make you wonder what the board meetings are like:

    “Okay, gentlemen.  I appreciate you taking time off the fairway to attend this meeting . . .

    (titters of inebriated laughter)

    . . . so I’ll make this brief.  We have completed, quite simply the most marvelous quarter of BlackwaterXe’s entire history.  You can reference the reports placed near your triclinia if you care to, but I’ll just note in passing that maimings were up 27% over the same quarter of the prior year alone.

    Yes, Senator Johnson?  Oh yes–I see you left your copy in the vomitorium.  Eunuch!  Please fetch Senator Ron Johnson another copy of this quarter’s report?  Thank you.

    Now as I was saying . . . “

  • Elmyr23

    my local government did this to me. I was a 3 1/2 yr temp that was told who i worked for. Cheaper than hiring someone with benifits. Had co-works that had been there for 5 yrs and probably still work as temp. They paid a private company 20 bucks to pay we 13$(no gov. health care). I always love how they say private industry can run things cheaper.

  • Elmyr23

    my local government did this to me. I was a 3 1/2 yr temp that was told who i worked for. Cheaper than hiring someone with benifits. Had co-works that had been there for 5 yrs and probably still work as temp. They paid a private company 20 bucks to pay we 13$(no gov. health care). I always love how they say private industry can run things cheaper.

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