Ohio residents may have heard that actress Tina Fey, well known for her roles in “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” has received a lot of criticism in the press recently. She made headlines for allegedly failing to provide her workers with workers’ compensation insurance coverage, as is required by state law. In fact, she received a legal judgment in the amount of $79,000 to compensate for insurance premiums that she allegedly did not pay.
However, recently her insurance broker revealed that he was responsible for this oversight, which was due to clerical errors. Fey had been accused of failing to pay for workers’ compensation coverage for her employees from November 2012 to February 2013. A spokeswoman for Fey stated that the popular actress was able to clear with the board that she has covered her employees during this period of time and that Fey’s employees have never been without coverage.
Fey’s reputation could have been tarnished with America’s working public if the allegations had proven to be true. Nevertheless, there is certainly a lesson to be learned from her example: it is wrong for employers to leave workers without proper workers’ compensation coverage.
If any employer neglects to provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees, then it is violating the rights of the very people who help the company run.
When employees in Ohio are unable to receive the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve, they may wish to consult an experienced attorney in order to protect their legal rights.
Source: New York Daily News, “Insurance broker for Tina Fey admits fault for $79G workers’ insurance error,” Barbara Ross, April 2, 2014