Employees Misclassified As Contractors
Our attorneys can help set the record straight
Being misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee might not seem important. But the reality is being classified as a contractor who must fill out a 1099 form instead of W2 for tax purposes can make a dramatic difference from a financial standpoint. That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your legal options.
Our Ohio wage and hour claim attorneys at Gibson Law, LLC have years of experience handling such complex legal cases. As a result, we know how to research such cases and how to find evidence to build the strongest possible legal case. We also know what strategies often work and how to deal with employers and their attorneys.
What’s the secret to our success? Attorneys Bradley L. Gibson and Angela J. Gibson previously represented employers in wage and hour claim cases. As a result, we know how businesses think. Put our knowledge and expertise to work for you. Schedule an appointment today.
What jobs are often misclassified as contractors?
Sometimes, employers misclassify workers as independent contractors instead of as employees. Whether it’s intentional or not, certain jobs are often misclassified more than others. These professions include:
- Childcare providers
- Commercial truck drivers
- Construction workers
Whatever type of work you do, if you have been classified as an independent contractor and you believe it was a mistake, talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your legal rights and the options available to you.
Why does it matter what my job classification is?
Being misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee can have serious consequences:
- You may be required to pay your own taxes instead of your employer.
- Your state and federal taxes may not be automatically deducted from your paycheck.
- You may be responsible for paying your own Social Security and Medicare payments.
- You may not be eligible for unemployment benefits if you lose your job.
- You may not have any sick time, health insurance or other benefits.
Make sure you take your case seriously. Make sure you have a knowledgeable attorney examine the details of your potential legal case and determine if a mistake was made.
Can I sue my employer for misclassification?
Sometimes, filing a lawsuit against your employer may be the best way to obtain the financial compensation you deserve and to have your job correctly classified. But it’s not the only option available to you.
In addition, you may want to consider talking to your employer about the classification of your job. You can also discuss your concerns with IRS. But no matter what you decide to do, it’s important to consult with an attorney about the different options available to you.
If you do decide to file a lawsuit and seek damages (financial compensation), it’s important to understand that you only have two years in most cases to take legal action in Ohio. This is due to the state’s statute of limitations restrictions. Don’t delay. Talk to a lawyer today.
Make sure your job is classified correctly. Contact our law firm
Even if your employer clearly made a mistake, don’t expect your legal case to be simple or straightforward. In many cases, many companies hire attorneys to defend their actions and discredit your claim.
That’s not right. That’s why we’re honored to handle such important cases. We understand the impact a job misclassification can have on an employee. That’s why we want to help. Contact our law firm and schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team. We have office locations in Cincinnati and Dayton.