Getting paid with a 1099?
Sign an agreement that says you are an “independent contractor” in your workplace?
Even if you did both of these things, you may actually be an employee – and not an independent contractor – of the company that you work for. You may be one of many workers around the country who are “misclassified” as independent contractors when they are really employees.
Misclassification of workers is an on-going problem in the modern workplace. According to studies cited by the Economic Policy Institute, between 10 and 20 percent of employers misclassify at least one worker as an independent contractor.