can a multi-party claim be filed in a different state from the defendants, if the plaintiffs (us) are subcontractors doing work in Philadelphia PA but the defendant (Company headquarters) is in Virginia?

We are subcontractors working under an independent contractor, who has not been paid, therefore, we also have not been paid for labor performed. We wish to file a multi-party (3-6 workers) claim in the state where we work (PA) and not in the state where the company is headquartered (VA).

1 answer  |  asked Feb 25, 2019 09:15 AM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

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Doris Dabrowski
The Pa. Wage Payment Collection Law applies to entities and their agents who employ any person in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If the employer does any business in Pennsylvania, I expect the Pa. courts to exercise jurisdiction over the employer for unpaid wages. A potential problem arises if you have an express contract specifying that courts of another state have exclusive jurisdiction or an arbitration agreement requiring an out-of-state location for a hearing. Doris Dabrowski, 215-790-1115

posted by Doris Dabrowski  |  Feb 25, 2019 2:04 PM [EST]

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