I worked at a life insurance agency (one of the big companies) from September 2013 to about July 2014. I worked from morning around 8;30am til about 7:00pm at the office five days per week and many times on the weekends.
It was classified as a 1099 job: I was paid 100% commission only.
I spen about 90% of my time at the employer office location, used their devices (computers, copier, fax, etc...), had my own business cards from the employer with an email address tied to the employer. I ran my own practice, but was fit along guidelines as to how I could present myself as a contractor (life insurance salesman) of the company.
My main question is: is there a chance that I could claim to have been misclassified as a 1099 contractor and not a W2 employee? And could I also be owed minimum wage back pay?
Possibly. This is a fact-specific question. No way to know for sure without making a claim and seeing what happens. But you need to do that soon because the time limit for minimum wage claims under state and federal law can be as short as two years.
The place to start is the misclassification unit of Iowa Workforce Development. The rules are based on IRS rules on independent contractor. It is a gray area indeed. I cannot speculate whether you were a contractor or employee. It takes a lot more information.
No attorney/client relationship exists until a fee agreement is signed. This is legal information not legal advice.
My crystal ball is broken, but it's certainly possible to be misclassified.
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