I've been fulfilling a 323rd party job as an independent contractor since July. I pick up at a warehouse and deliver to various post offices in my region. After Christmas rush, a terminal manager has been very hands on with my business in particular to move freight and clean up backed up routes that did not belong to my company. As of February we took two routes that were severely backed up, and with new rules in place we could not catch up. Everyday we were still behind and the terminal manager made sure we took more with promise of extra pay that never came. This ultimately led to us being relieved of the 3 routes we held. Our check from last week was held to check for claims before releasing. The issue we are having his where to drop off the freight we currently have. Should it go to a supplier or to the company we contracted for. Also do you see any legal issues arriving from returning the freight? Lastly is there anyway to look into a contractor vs employee claim? We have messages and calls recorded.
As an independent contractor, you have an agreement with the employer, though it appears to be verbal. You can write making a demand for payment and giving a deadline. I suggest this letter go by certified mail, RRR. It is likely to be more effective if an attorney writes this letter. If you are owed$15,000 or less, you can file a claim in special civil part. If you are a company (LLC or S or C corp) and/or the employer is a company, the law requires representation by an attorney. If you are just a sole proprietor, then you can represent yourself and the employer will have to hire an attorney. Bring your proof to court and have it organized so that it can be presented quickly.
With regard to returning the freight, can you return it to the employer and get someone to sign for it?
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