Hi again youngster. I think he will claim he's not an employee, but is likely to be found to be an employee. A four year deal where it appears he was at the beck and call of the company. He doesn't say he was an independent contract but he does mention the term in relation to someone else. So he knows the term but did not use it to describe himself. I bet the company has the better argument on employee status. The position they are taking suggests they also think so.
Wonder if he got a W-2 or a 1099. That might decide the issue.
I got the impression that this was an annual project, not a four year continuous position. Of course we need more facts.
OK, makes sense now. Perhaps asker will let us know.
Yes, I was an independent contractor, not an employee. I never received any tax returns, never signed any contracts. This work arrangement was definitely treated as separate projects each year, and not as one on-going project.
Thank you very much for your adivce.