My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Ohio
I was working for a grooming salon as a dog groomer. I was classified as 'independent contractor' yet no rules for an independent contractor were ever followed. None of us had taxes taken from our pay. My tax person even questioned how I was paid because it looked off to her. Our pay was controlled by the owner. We had to work between these specific hours and certain days. We were not allowed to take time off, not even a weekend. To make matters worse, 3 of us ended up quitting due to the aforementioned issues and there was a family member working at this salon that was a convicted sex offender. He harassed and threatened all of us, and talked to us horribly. We quit due to the hostile environment and being treated so poorly and unethically. I have filed for unemployment and have been denied at least twice now. The owner was paying all of us on personal checks (like anyone would have with a bank account). The unemployment office questioned why I had sent copies of personal checks as my pay stubs. That was an issue but that was all I had. All of us have also filed a complaint with the IRS because of not being classified correctly so that investigation is currently ongoing. My question is; what rights do I have for unemployment? I had to quit because I did not feel safe working there, none of us did. Do I have any recourse at this point? Is there any higher up I can go to get unemployment paid to me? I worked there for over a year and prior to that as a groomer for 8 years.
I appreciate any help or input.