Is it possible for an independent contractor to take legal action for wrongful termination?

Being an independent contractor offers various advantages, such as the ability to choose projects and set your rates. It can also benefit companies that prefer not to commit to long-term agreements.

However, as an independent contractor, you still have legal rights. If the company abruptly terminates your agreement, you may feel unjustly treated. What options do you have? Can you sue for wrongful termination as an independent contractor?

At-will employment

Florida follows the at-will employment principle, which means that an employer can terminate an employee at any time, as long as the reason is not unlawful. Similarly, employees can choose to quit at any time. However, there are exceptions. Employees cannot be fired based on discriminatory reasons related to protected characteristics. These rights also extend to independent contractors. While you cannot sue for wrongful termination, you can file a legal complaint if you believe you were discriminated against.

Misclassification

Sometimes, it is not clear whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee. Companies may classify workers as independent contractors to avoid certain obligations and benefits. If you have been misclassified, you may be able to file a wage-and-hour claim or seek compensation for missed benefits.

Breach of contract

The terms of your employment should be clearly outlined in your written contract. If these terms have been violated, you have the right to pursue a breach of contract claim.

Although suing for wrongful termination is not an option for independent contractors, it does not mean that you have no rights. We assist independent contractors with employment disputes. Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options.

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