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Military Magazine Says Coverall Is Vet Friendly

U.S. Army photo in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Feb. 10, 2011
U.S. Army Sgt. David Smitt on guard in Kandahar, Afghanistan. photo/U.S. Army Sadie Bleistein Feb 10, 2011

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Coverall is taking a little pleasure with its pain. After just being assessed a fine of $3 million by Massachusetts for disguising employees as franchise owners, Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System has some long awaited good news.

10 Fastest Franchising Chains that Made It through the Recession (with Baggage)

During the recession, Dunkin' became known for spying on its franchisees

In a who's who list of what this journal considers as some of the most abusive franchise systems over the past few years, Forbes lists the top franchise chains that have sold the most opened franchise units through the Great Recession. It throws in a few strong franchisors to help wash the soiled ones.

Coverall to Pay Triple Damages

Left to right: Employee Pius Awuah, Attorney Liss-Riordan and Coverall employees at Massachusetts State House hearing
L-R:Awuah, lawyer Liss-Riordan & others appear before MA lawmakers, 2011

BOSTON – A federal judge ruled last Thursday that Coverall North America must pay triple damages to hundreds of workers classified as franchisees instead of employees, dating back from 2006. 

Coverall Doomed in Disguising Workers as Owners

Coverall truck in Kentucky
A Coverall truck at an office building in Kentucky

BOSTON – After five years of litigation, Coverall North America Inc., one of the world’s largest janitorial cleaning franchisors, will now learn its fate for misclassifying its workers as franchisees instead of employees.

Mass. High Court Rules for Cleaning Services Franchisees

In Awuah et als v. Coverall North America, Inc, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) unanimously ruled that the cleaning service franchisor violated the Massachusetts Wage Act by the way it paid and charged its employees (franchisees).

Franchisor Hit Hard for Pretending Employees Are Franchisees

Pius Awuah, an employee of Coverall who was told that if he paid a franchise fee he was a franchisee
Coverall told Pius Awuah he was a franchisee but courts ruled he was an employee.

BOSTON – Today the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court smacked Coverall janitorial franchise system with a huge bill for labeling its employees as franchisees.

Black Enterprise Picks 40 for 2010

Chicken quick service restaurants, franchised
Data:'09 Franchise Times Top 200; chart by BMM

Jani-King Touts "Prominent" Status in IFA

One of the most controversial franchisors is touting its prominence within the industry trade association.

Federal Judge: Franchising Sounds Like Ponzi Scheme

Is franchising "a modified Ponzi scheme?" Last week, a federal judge said it might be.