Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C.
Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C The Labor, Employment and Class Action Attorneys
Lawsuits against cleaning franchise companies

We have sued a number of so-called "cleaning franchise" companies that have preyed on immigrant workers by charging thousands of dollars for low-paying jobs, which we allege the companies churn in order to make a profit.  These companies include Coverall, JaniKing, Jan-Pro, CleanNet, System4, and All-Pro. 

In our cases against Coverall and Jani-King, the federal court has ruled that the companies have violated Massachusetts wage law by misclassifying their franchisees as independent contractors. Click here to read Judge William Young's decision in the Coverall case and click here to read Chief Judge Mark Wolf’s decision in the Jani-King case. Also, last summer, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a landmark ruling that Coverall franchisees, because of their misclassification, may recover as damages the fees they paid for their franchises, as well as fees paid for additional business and for insurance. We are working now to recover these franchise fees and other withholdings for all Coverall and Jani-King franchisees who have worked in Massachusetts.

Our case against Jan-Pro has been certified by the federal court to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for a ruling on whether Jan-Pro's "multi-tier master franchise" structure prevents it from being sued for misclassification.  This case will allow the SJC to address the important issue of whether larger companies may use smaller intermediary companies to shield them from liability for wage violations.

Our case against System4 is now pending at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  This case will answer the question of whether employers in Massachusetts may prevent workers from bringing a class action under the wage and hour laws through the use of a mandatory arbitration agreement.

Our cases against CleanNet and All-Pro are at an earlier stage in the proceedings, and we expect the rulings from these other cases to have a significant impact on these cases.

We are also pursuing similar claims against these companies in other states. 

If you bought a franchise from any of these, or other "cleaning franchise" companies, please call us for more information, at (617) 994-5800.  You can also email us at

Deja Vu: Jani-King workers are not franchisees
Blue MauMau | June, 2012

Franchisor Nightmare: The scandal at Coverall
Forbes | May, 2012

The sky is not falling
Franchise Times | May, 2012

Coverall to pay triple damages
Blue MauMau | March, 2012

Coverall doomed in disguising workers as owners
Blue MauMau | February, 2012

Judge certifies class of cleaning workers misclassified as 'franchisees'
National Law Journal | February, 2012

Shannon Liss-Riordan - Legal person of the year, 2011
Blue MauMau | December, 2011

Coverall decision could impact more than cleaning franchises
Franchise Times | October, 2011

Cleaning company took franchise fees illegally, SJC rules
Boston Globe | September, 2011

Franchisor hit hard for pretending employees are franchisees
Blue MauMau | August, 2011

SJC put workers compensation onus on employers
Boston Business Journal | August, 2011

Court asked to define damages in labor cases
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | February, 2011

Franchisee v. Franchiser
Wall Street Journal | February, 2011

Cleaning company hit by lawsuit
Worcester Telegram | September, 2010

What's next: The plaintiff's perspective - Employment Reclassification Case Targets Labor Abuses by 'Franchisers'
Bulletproof Blog | June, 2010

Shannon Liss-Riordan discusses Awuah and other issues
LJN's Franchising Business & Law Alert | June, 2010

When franchisees are ruled employees, all bets are off
Franchise Times | May, 2010

Franchisees miscast as independent contractors
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly| April, 2010

Federal Judge: Franchising sounds like ponzi schme
Blue MauMau | April, 2010

Cleaning workers were employees, not independent contractors
National Law Journal | March, 2010

Taking off the Gloves - Commercial cleaning franchisees sue
Franchise Times | August, 2009

National Lawsuit Against Coverall North America, Inc.

Another Mass franchisee sues cleaning firm
Boston Globe | February, 2007

Immigrants cry foul over cleaning franchises
Boston Globe | June, 2005





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