By David B. Henderson / Staff reporterSan Francisco–based immigration attorney Andrew T. Jones and his wife, Jennifer Jones, are suing their former employer, Life Insurance Company, alleging that Life Insured misrepresented their employment status in a document that was not signed by the company’s owner.
Life Insurance Company says the lawsuit is a “misleading” attempt to “obtain” money by “bribing” the Joneses and their lawyers to settle.
“It is clear that the lawsuit seeks to obtain money from Mr. Jones,” the company said in a statement to The Associated Press.
“We believe this is an unjust and baseless action.”
Life Insurance says it paid $2.9 million to Mr. Jones’ attorneys, including attorneys David R. Kamin and John S. Raskin, and $5.9.
million to his wife.
The lawsuit alleges that LifeInsured misrepresenting Mr. Johnson’s status as an independent contractor, as well as falsely asserting that the Jones’ were independent contractors, violates the National Labor Relations Act.
It also claims that Life Insurance did not provide the Jones family with any information about the company or its insurance policy.
“It is unfortunate that the plaintiff’s lawyers are attempting to seek money out of Mr. Jr.’s estate and are attempting a frivolous legal action that defies basic human decency and fairness,” said Andrew T., a lawyer who is based in Austin, Texas.
The Joneses say they have been employed by LifeInsurance for more than 20 years.
They said they were hired in February 2015 as employees of LifeInsurers’ investment banking division and later moved to a more traditional office role in New York.
The couple also were hired as independent contractors for the same period.
LifeInsures declined to comment on the lawsuit.
The case, which is in its preliminary stages, will go to trial in the Southern District of New York in the Eastern District of Texas in March 2019.