This is the first post in a series which will discuss the handling of issues faced by independent contractors in Santa Ana, California. We feel this is an important topic to discuss as the “gig” economy has created an environment where people are increasingly working as independent contractors. While this environment has opportunities for many it has also created situations where companies sometimes mistreat their workers. The goal of our coming posts is to provide information which will assist independent contractors in understanding whether their rights have been violated. If you feel you are being mistreated then contact our employment law attorneys today to schedule an initial consultation.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues we will look at include:
- Whether an “independent contractor” is actually an employee
- Bringing suit against a company who has misclassified its workers
- Calculating damages in such a case
It is important for Orange County independent contractors to understand these issues. Simply because a company does not classify you as an employee does not mean that such is actually the case. The law allows for contractors to have themselves reclassified as employees so that companies do not find ways around various labor protection laws. Bringing suit against such companies can be a complicated process and, depending on the situation, may involve the filing of a class-action case. Finally, the damages one is entitled to may include additional wages, overtime pay, and other monies required under state and federal labor laws.
The determination of whether one is actually an employee can be a complicated analysis. This is something we will discuss at length in our coming articles. It is important to understand that you only have a limited amount of time in which you may take action if you feel your rights have been violated. Failing to timely file a claim may result in your losing your ability to be compensated. Glen Duvel and our attorneys have extensive experience in handling such matters. Contact our Santa Ana office today to speak with an independent contractor dispute lawyer. We also service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.