We are investigating allegations by insurance sales agents of American Income Life that they are not being paid fairly. American Income Life may not be paying its insurance salespeople salary, minimum wage or overtime pay, or providing meal and rest breaks, as may be required by state and federal law. It may not be legal for American Income Life to pay salespeople on a commission-only basis.
Some are wondering whether an American Income Life insurance agent employee lawsuit is merited.
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Former Contractor: American Income Life Likely Misclassifying Workers
A former insurance salesman for American Income Life in Florida says that the company classified him as an independent contractor, even though it exercised sufficient control over his job to make him an employee. The insurance agent says that American Income Life made him attend new-agent mandatory meetings on a daily basis, spend a mandatory number of hours in the field each day—trying to make sales, and have mandatory training in the mornings to learn American Life’s scripts for selling its life insurance. The former insurance salesperson says that all these hours of training and mandatory meetings were not paid by the company. Under California employment law and the laws of many other states, all mandatory hours must be paid if the person should have been classified as an employee, but was misclassified as an independent contractor under California law.
The American Income insurance agent says that the “hiring process is a farce” because the company said there was a position available “with benefits,” but later required the insurance agent to sign an independent contractor agreement, not an employment agreement.
Another insurance agent (with job title: Insurance Producer) in Pennsylvania says that the company says it has a “flexible schedule,” but then forces employees to schedule sales calls or visits until 10 pm. And this insurance salesperson says there are “empty promises” from management about pay. The agent says that “guaranteed pay during training” is an “absolute lie,” and that you may not get paid your first month, because the company may be planning not to pay you if you don’t stay past the first month.
Another contractor in Texas says that he was “100% commission” and that American Income Life should “stop the lying” about its pay structure “just because [it has] recruitment quotas.”
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