This post concludes our series on the handling of cases where a Santa Ana California employee was misclassified as an independent contractor. We felt it necessary to write on this topic as many more people are working as contractors in today’s “gig” economy. There are many situations, however, where such workers may have more rights than they realize. The truth is that they may in fact be employees even though the company says otherwise. The goal of our last several posts has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their rights and to make a more informed decision when selecting an employment law attorney. If you have questions about your situation then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we analyzed include:
- Whether employees were misclassified as independent contractors
- Filing suit against a company who misclassified workers
- Determining damages for employee misclassification
There are multiple reasons why California workers should understand these issues. First, as stated above, many do not even realize that they may in fact be employees. Understanding that you have rights is the first step towards making sure those rights are enforced. Second, understanding the process of bringing a claim against your employer is important to making sure that the process of doing so goes smoothly. Finally, workers are often surprised to learn the amount of compensation to which they are entitled. Understanding what it is you are entitled to can help one to appreciate the gravity of their situation.
One point that we stressed through each of these articles is that you should contact an employment law lawyer to assist you with handling any disputes regarding your status as an employee or an independent contractor. Counsel will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation and to evaluate whether you have a case going forward. Contact our Santa Ana office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service the Orange County areas of 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.