i was an independent contractor, fired for making disparaging remarksgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Law Of The Workplace : One Thread
i was an employee of the Online Auction Academy, then i terminated my employment and was rehired as an independent contractor.
i took my computer home and did the same exact job, just from home.
recently, the company demanded that i only spend a certain amount of time on each project. i explained that this was impossible, and then offered solutions to make everyone (company, customer, and myself) happy. my solutions went ignored.
i posted "disparaging remarks" on a message board about the company.
the next day they fired me and threatened to sue.
now--i am totally confused after reading up on independent contractor law. my understanding is that they cannot fire an Ind. Contractor if the job is being done well--which it most certainly was.
i'm unsure of what steps to take. whether i should confront the IRS with my possible misclassification, or take some other legal action.
also--the company is refusing to pay me until they have received all pertinent company information in my possession. i returned said information the day they "fired" me. they claim i have not sent all the information.
it's been 8 days since i was terminated, and still no paycheck.
-- Lisa Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 27, 2005