The misclassification of independent contractors is increasingly becoming a rampant issue that denies workers their legal rights. This happens when employers hire workers and then treat them as independent contractors even if under the law, the workers must be classified as employees. Approximately 10% of U.S. workers are misclassified as independent contractors.
If you believe that you’ve been misclassified, the San Francisco independent contractor misclassification attorneys of Olivier & Schreiber LLP are here to help. You can recover financial compensation for stolen wages, penalties, reimbursements, and interest. Likewise, if you’ve been wrongfully terminated, discriminated against, or experienced retaliation, you might also be entitled to pursue lost back pay, emotional distress, and punitive damages.
If your employer has substantial control over your daily work responsibilities, schedule, and behaviors, you are probably an employee that has been misclassified as an independent contractor. Below are certain examples that could indicate that an independent contractor is really an employee:
The line between employees and independent contractors is not always defined in some workplaces. However, most people have a sense of how much autonomy and freedom (or lack thereof) you are provided at work. If you feel that there’s something wrong with your job classification, it’s worth speaking to a skilled San Francisco independent contractor misclassification attorney about your case.
Being misclassified for tax and legal purposes could prove very costly for independent contractors who are actually employees, mainly because of the following reasons:
In short, employers could save a ton of money by misclassifying workers that must be classified as employees as independent contractors. Because, remember that employers must pay unemployment taxes on their employee’s wages, withhold government income taxes, and pay and withhold Medicare and Social Security taxes for their employees, but not for their independent contractors.
At Olivier & Schreiber LLP, we offer free consultations to workers who believe that they’ve been denied wages, benefits, and other rights they should have had because of misclassification. Let our skilled San Francisco independent contractor attorneys help you hold your employer accountable for their wrongdoings and your losses. To arrange your appointment, please contact us online.
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