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My employer turned us all into contractors. As soon as he got a government bailout, we all got canned. Is that legal?

Q: After coronavirus hit, my employer changed a dozen of us to contractor status. None of us understood why or what it would mean. At first it seemed like a good thing as we wound up with more cash every payday without payroll taxes coming out of our checks.

My employer then applied for and got government bailout money. As soon as that happened, we all got canned. We later learned employers can fire contractors without being in violation of the loan terms.

Initially, my family and I were able to get by on unemployment, but then our car went on the blink, and we had other unexpected expenses. We’re now surviving on handouts; I’m standing in line at food banks to feed my kids. The food I’m given feeds my family but eats my dignity. Is what my employer did legit?

A: Possibly not. If your employer simply relabeled

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