What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About Massachusetts Independent Contractor Laws

It is common in many industries to use the services of individuals as independent contractors, or “1099 employees,” rather than putting them on payroll as W-2 employees. This is not exactly paying people “under the table,” as their income is reported on 1099 forms at the end of the year, but it is still a risky practice under Massachusetts law, and one which can cost an employer far more than the savings realized by using independent contractors.

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An Employment Lawyer’s Take on the Barstool Sports Contract Controversy

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Elika Sadeghi drew loads of attention last week for posting an employment contract offered to her by Barstool Sports which asked her to explicitly acknowledge that she would be working in a climate where she might be exposed to “nudity, sexual scenarios, racial epithets, suggestive gestures, profanity and references to stereotypes,” and to “expressly agree and represent” that she did not object to “such speech and conduct” and did not find it objectionable.

In response, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy posted a video in which he raged about Ms. Sadeghi’s actions, saying she was trying to make herself a part of a story that had nothing to do with her, that Barstool did not allow people to “grope” other employees and therefore, “We’re not Harvey Weinstein,” saying to Ms. Sadeghi “Well, f*** you for making us part of this story,” and concluding with “Hey Elika: keep your name off our lips” and “this is friggin’ garbage” as he walked angrily off tape.

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