From the Asian Journal, Attorny C. Joe Sayas, Jr. reports on a case in which a caretaker was misclassified as an independent contractor and fired for asking about her classification. A jury awarded her $3 million. Joe writes:
Camile Almada worked as a caregiver for elderly clients assigned to her by her employer, Heaven Heights. However, Ms. Almada was treated and paid as an independent contractor, which meant that she was not paid overtime or given the other benefits and protections guaranteed to employees under California law. When she complained to Heaven Heights, she was berated and fired. Recently, a Riverside County jury awarded Ms. Almada $3 million in damages for the retaliatory firing.