Palay, Daniel


When is a Paid Employee a Volunteer? When a Surcharge is a Discount

By Daniel Palay
Consumer Watchdog

In response to our Consumer Alert exposing the Prop 33 campaign for using paid campaign employees in their TV ads, the insurance industry-backed Proposition 33 campaign issued a statement to the L.A. Times Opinion blog - excerpts below - stating that "the two women in their ads were simply volunteering their stories in support of the effort to pass Proposition 33." That disingenuous response begs the question: "Is a Paid Employee a Volunteer?" I guess if you can call charging people more for their auto insurance simply for not driving a "discount," then why not call an employee a volunteer?