Q: can I sue the business I work for as a contractor?
I have been a contractor for business A for a year and a half. I have single highhandedly successfully expanded their business all while, here are some details:
-been paid sporadically, almost never on time. This has affected my personal financial issues
-been owed up to $6,000 but has been paid back.
-accused of going over agreed hours without evidence to back such claims. Have been spoken to about this three times.
-when addressed concerns of pay have had my hours reduced almost by half
-am currently forced to not return to work after expressing how tight money is until they "work out some details"
does this give me grounds to sue? if so for what? I feel like this is extremely unfair and would like to know how to appropriately proceed. I feel like I should at least get paid for the time I would've been working if it weren't for the restriction of not being able to work.
A: You have not described any circumstances supporting a viable legal claim. You are a contract employee, but you do not descibe any written contract terms. If you have a contract, your rights are contained in that agreement. If you do not have a contract, or it's verbal, or you no longer wish to work under the contract terms, you can try to renegotiate the conditions of employment and pay. Your other option is to look for another employer with better working conditions and payment terms.
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