GaffneyLewis, in partnership with the Yarborough Applegate law firm from Charleston, SC and the Clayton O’Donnell law firm from Oxford, Mississippi, has filed a lawsuit against South Carolina Farm Bureau and its related companies.

Related companies include: South Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty, Palmetto Casualty Insurance Company, and Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company.

The complaint alleges that South Carolina Farm Bureau and its related companies incorrectly classified Agents and Agency Managers as “independent contractors,” in an effort to avoid overtime pay. Similar suits have been filed against Farm Bureau entities in Florida, Mississippi, and Texas.

In the lawsuit brought on behalf of South Carolina Farm Bureau Agents (View Complaint) the United States District Court has given its approval for the parties to send a Notice to all current and some former Farm Bureau Agents, informing them of their ability to join in the lawsuit. This Notice will be mailed by mid-May.

If you believe you have a claim related to Farm Bureau’s pay practices, or if you have questions about any employment practices, contact the Employment Team at GaffneyLewis. Call 803-790-8838 or click here to send us an email.



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Important Update

GaffneyLewis, like a number of law firms, has enacted full-time remote operations in an effort to reduce rates of transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

Although we will not be physically present in our offices, we have confirmed our remote access tools and our business continuity procedures are in place to ensure our business operations remain fully functional. It is our goal to maintain business operations as usual in a way that protects our staff, clients and visitors. We would like to assure you that every member of our team continues to work diligently to maintain the level of service that we strive to provide every day.


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