Blyth Academy Class Action - See Below for Settlement News
If you work or worked at Blyth Academy teaching courses there, you might benefit from a class action against Blyth Academy and a recent settlement of the class action. We encourage you to fill out the form found below so that we can keep you informed about the case. Please read on to learn more about the class action and the settlement.
This class action is against Blyth Academy, a private school operating many campuses in Ontario. The class action alleges that current and former Blyth teachers teaching in Ontario have been misclassified as "independent contractors" and not as "employees". The class action alleges that this misclassification meant that these independent contractors and those teachers Blyth Academy in fact classified as employees were denied certain statutory minimum protections found in Ontario's Employment Standards Act, 2000, protections like minimum wages, overtime pay, vacation pay, and holiday pay. The class action seeks compensation for these employees. Blyth Academy has denied liability for the allegations.
The parties recently reached a settlement agreement settling the class action. This agreement affects all teachers who taught at least one course at a Blyth Academy Ontario campus from 2002 to August 31, 2019. If this applies to you, you might be entitled to a payment under this settlement agreement. Depending on how many teachers file claims for payment, Blyth Academy has agreed to pay $2,525,000 or $2,625,000 in total to settle the class action. The amount of payment, if any, will depend on your teaching history at Blyth Academy.
The settlement will be implemented only if the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approves it. A hearing has been scheduled before that Court for March 3, 2020, at 10am to seek Court approval. You have rights to participate in this hearing: you can show your support or object to the proposed agreement. You can also choose not to participate and wait for further updates on how to make a claim.
If you want to learn more about the settlement, including how you can participate at the March 3, 2020 hearing to voice your approval or disagreement, please read an important notice with those details found here. A full copy of the settlement agreement is found here.
If you think you might be affected by the settlement, we urge you to read the notice.
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