Workplace Rights for Contractors and Temp Workers
In tough economic times, employers increasingly turn to independent contractors and temporary employees to cover new staffing needs. The basic workplace rights of both groups are protected under Pennsylvania and federal laws, although your specific rights will vary depending on your employment status. If you’re working as a temp, a contractor or in any capacity other than full-time employment, contact the law firm of McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., for a free consultation about the nature and extent of your protection.
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Located in Harrisburg, our law firm focuses on employment issues related to compensation, overtime, discrimination, job security and sexual harassment. For some purposes, such as race discrimination or harassment, the rights of temporary employees are substantially identical to those enjoyed by full-time employees. In matters relating to compensation, health insurance, promotion or hiring, however, there are definite disadvantages to temporary or contractor status. If you have a specific work-related problem, our attorneys can advise you about the ways the law will or won’t protect you.
Sometimes your legal status as a temp or contractor might come into doubt. Even though you’re not labeled as an employee of the company where you work, you might be supervised or managed in such a way as to make you a de facto employee with all of the legal rights and protections of full-time employment. If you have questions about your status as a temp or contractor, the lawyers of McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., can review the facts of your situation and advise you about your rights.
Even the status of full-time workers can be subject to misclassification. Many employers will label certain job categories as exempt from overtime when they shouldn’t be. We can pursue back pay claims for mis-classified employees on an individual or class action basis, depending on the size of the employer and the number of people affected.
Whether full-time, temporary or contractor, all Pennsylvania employees are entitled to fair pay and working conditions free of harassment or discrimination on the basis of your membership in one of the recognized protected classes. If you have encountered problems at your job, contact McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., for a free consultation about the best ways to vindicate your workplace rights.