Here is Maya Kosoff's article on that in Vanity Fair.
Going to court for legal identity
Workers classified by those who pay them as "independent contractors" are putting their identity in the hands of the legal system. Their class action lawsuits seek to be defined legally as "employees," not "gig economy players."
Advantages of being classified "employee"
Among the recent lawsuits is "Melanie Anne Winns v. Postmates, et al."
A driver for that delivery service, the plaintiff argues through attorney Amir Moslafavi that she functions as an employee. Therefore she is entitled to what employees are. Those goodies usually range from benefits to severance and unemployment when there is a reduction-in-force.
In addition, the plaintiff class has other beefs. For example, they are paid only through direct deposit. Each time Postmates does that it bills the gig economy workers 15-cents.
Company car so 20th century
That's on the minor end of pain.
The major irritant is that the independent contractors have to use their own cars. Anyone who has maintained a vehicle understands the high cost of wear and tear.
Shouldn't Postmates and other such sharing economy players such as Uber provide a fleet of vehicles?
Why does the concept of the "company car" seem so old-economy?
Happy gig workers, except when being stiffed
There are others in the gig economy, such as myself, who choose to stay with that legal designation.
Now and then clients offer me full-time jobs with benefits. However, in taxes, emotional balance, and professional satisfaction I seem to make out better as an independent contractor.
The only wall I have hit upon against was the attempt of clients to stiff me, that is, not pay the bill.
Here I recount that ordeal with StratasCorp's Romeo Spino and BMG's Rodney Burrell. The resolution came through a collection agency, which took its commission. It had earned it by collecting the full amount of the invoice.
Here I explain how to prevent that kind of financial nightmare and other options for shaking loose the money owed us.
Had the matter not been solved at the level of the collection agency, I might have had to go to court - the small claims version.
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