My question involves independent contractors in the state of: Massachusetts
Last November I answered an ad on Craigslist about HVAC work which I perform.
I met with this man who said he didn't want to hire me but he would take me on as a contractor. He mentioned insurance but never said it was absolutely necessary upfront. I started work for him without it being mentioned again. At the time I had all I could do to keep the gas gauge above E. We agreed on a rate of $35 an hour but he said on prevailing wage jobs he would have to pay me $59/hour which I had no issue with. I worked for 17 and a half hours on a prevailing wage job and the rest were not.
First he tells me he cannot pay me the $59 for the prevailing wage hours for that job. I said okay what else could I say.
I worked for him for 6 days and made an invoice out for the first day (one week behind)- then he tells me he cannot pay me without my having liability insurance. I set up the insurance and never get it because of a fire in my vehicle which also toasted my laptop with the invoices on it. I wasn't able to work for him after that because his work was 80 miles away - no work vehicle - couldn't do it. I went to work for a local company as an employee and I'm still there.
I just recovered the invoices with the hours and locations. I printed them out and mailed them and he calls me and says he cannot pay me for work already performed (without complaint as to quality) because I have no insurance. He keeps saying his insurance man won't allow it. I checked with my auto insurance guy who also sells liability and he said no workmans comp is necessary for me that he must mean liability.
He owes me $1,300 and I could really use it.