misclassification

noun

mis·​clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌmis-ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce misclassification (audio)
plural misclassifications
: an act or instance of wrongly assigning someone or something to a group or category : incorrect classification
Cracking down on the misclassification of workers so that those mislabeled as "independent contractors" can become unionizable employees.Harold Meyerson

Examples of misclassification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Herald’s figures for potential demographic misclassification, derived from matching common Hispanic last names — as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau — to those of inmates, are only estimates. Shirsho Dasgupta, Miami Herald, 27 June 2024 In Sacramento, Ramos said the hurdles include misconceptions about — and misclassifications of — Native people. Emma Hall, Sacramento Bee, 20 June 2024 Simon-Mishel said a common form of misclassification was businesses who treat independent contractors like any other employee, with the problem across industries from home health agencies to driving companies. Anthony Hennen | The Center Square, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 12 June 2024 Christopher Hallock, deputy secretary of safety and labor management relations in the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, called misclassification an issue of fairness. Anthony Hennen | The Center Square, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for misclassification 

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misclassification was in 1827

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“Misclassification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misclassification. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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