Independent Contractors Strike Out — Lessons For Employers

Law360, New York (May 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT) -- Companies using independent contractor models are well aware of the increased scrutiny by federal and state agencies on worker misclassification under wage and hour and tax laws. A lesser-known risk is the threat of Title VII litigation.

While the anti-discrimination provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act apply only to employees, independent contractors are pursing Title VII claims based on evidence that their putative employer exercised control over the manner and means by which the individual performed the job. In a new twist, former...
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