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Job Misclassification Lawyers

We have handled many cases involving claims for unpaid wages. If your employer has failed to comply with vital workplace protections regarding your pay or time worked, the law is on your side.

Job Misclassification Violations Can Come In Many Forms

In California, employee rights regarding job misclassification are specifically protected under various state regulations. Misclassification typically involves incorrectly designating workers as independent contractors instead of employees, which can deprive them of crucial benefits and protections. California has been active in addressing this issue to ensure workers receive appropriate rights and benefits. Here are key points about California’s stance on job misclassification:

  1. Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) – The “Gig Worker Bill”: Implemented in January 2020, AB 5 codifies the “ABC test” originally established in the California Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court. Under the ABC test, a worker is considered an employee unless the hiring entity satisfies all three of these conditions:
    • A. The worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and in fact.
    • B. The worker performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business.
    • C. The worker is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as the work performed.

  2. Exemptions and Modifications: Various professions and industries, such as doctors, lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, and certain technology services, are exempt from AB 5. For these exceptions, the earlier “Borello test” may still apply, which considers multiple factors primarily focusing on the control a company has over the worker.

  3. Enforcement and Penalties: California vigorously enforces its misclassification laws. Employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors can face significant penalties, including fines, back payment of wages, taxes owed, and benefits such as health insurance that would have been provided had the worker been correctly classified.

  4. Proposition 22: Passed in November 2020, this measure allowed app-based transportation and delivery companies to classify their drivers as independent contractors, with some benefits, despite AB 5. However, it is subject to ongoing legal challenges and debates.

These regulations underline California’s commitment to ensuring that workers are fairly classified, thereby granting them appropriate labor protections and benefits, such as minimum wage, overtime, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation. Misclassification can lead to severe legal and financial consequences for employers, highlighting the importance of adherence to these rules.

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Did You Know?

Gig Workers
California gig workers are protected under laws like AB 5, which apply the stringent ABC test to ensure proper classification as employees unless specific exemptions are met, granting them broader labor rights and benefits.
Proposition 22
California Proposition 22 allows app-based transportation and delivery companies to classify their drivers as independent contractors, providing them with limited benefits, despite broader state laws aimed at classifying such workers as employees.

Is It Illegal, or Just Unfair?

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