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Lorain Employee Misclassification Lawyer

Employee misclassification is a common tactic used by employers to illegally avoid paying workers what they are owed under state and federal labor laws. If you have been working as an independent contractor in Lorain but believe you should be classified as an employee, contact Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation with an employment lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation for lost wages and benefits.

Why Choose Our Employee Misclassification Lawyer in Lorain? 

  • Our clients are our top priority. We pride ourselves on being a client-focused law firm. Your lawyer will personalize your legal experience and always respond to communications quickly.
  • We will put more than 35 years of experience to use on your employee misclassification case. Our team of attorneys has helped tens of thousands of workers recover millions of dollars.
  • We have the power to take your case where it needs to go to achieve optimal results. We can go up against any employer in Lorain and are prepared to go to trial, if necessary.

What an Employment Law Attorney Can Do for You

The resources, knowledge and personnel you will get from hiring an employee misclassification lawyer in Lorain can have a major impact on the outcome of your case. Your attorney can investigate your situation, use tests to determine if you have been misclassified as an independent contractor, file your wage and hour claim by Ohio’s deadline, help you prove your losses, and aggressively negotiate for maximum financial compensation on your behalf.

What Does it Mean to Illegally Misclassify an Employee?

If an employer identifies a worker who should be an employee as an “independent contractor,” that worker could lose thousands of dollars annually in wages and employment benefits that he or she is owed by law. 

Misclassification is a tactic a company might use to commit wage theft without the worker knowing. It is a harmful violation of an employee’s legal rights and protections that could lead to missed wages, overtime pay, workers’ compensation payments, unemployment benefits, and protections against harassment and discrimination.

How Are Employees vs. Independent Contractors Classified?

Many different state and federal laws offer tests to determine correct employee identification. One is the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. This act introduces the economic reality test, which analyzes factors such as:

  • The permanence of the work relationship
  • The nature and degree of the employer’s control over the worker
  • The worker’s opportunity for profit or loss based on managerial skill

These factors can determine if the worker is economically dependent on the employer. If so, the worker is an employee, not an independent contractor.

Your Rights as a Misclassified Employee in Lorain

If our investigation of your case determines that you have been incorrectly classified as an independent contractor, we can help you bring a claim against your employer in pursuit of damages or financial compensation. 

You may be entitled to recover unpaid wages, benefits, and other damages for losses suffered due to the misclassification. Your employer will also be required to reclassify you as an employee for any future work performed.

Contact Scott & Winters Law Firm Today for a Free Case Consultation

If you believe you have been working as an unlawfully designated independent contractor in Lorain, contact Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation about your rights and legal options. 

We can review your circumstances, determine your correct employee classification and help you file a claim in pursuit of compensation from your employer. Request a free case review when you call (216) 912-2221.