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Wednesday, October 21 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
What to Do When your Client is Misclassified as an Independent Contractor: How to Challenge 1099 Status

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Worker misclassification is when an employer gives their worker, who works under their direction and control, a Form 1099 (intended for the self-employed) with no tax withholding instead of a Form W-2 with taxes withheld. When workers are misclassified as independent contractors, they owe double the amount of Social Security and Medicare taxes that employees owe and they lose out on key protections employees enjoy.

The issue of worker misclassification is increasingly prevalent in today's 21st Century service-driven gig economy where such workers often help meet our essential needs. This panel will explore how practitioners can assist their clients when their employers misclassify them as independent contractors.

The workshop will include tax, unemployment compensation, and employment law practitioners who have assisted workers in disputing their 1099 status before the IRS, the Department of Labor & Industry, and in federal and state courts.


Nadia Hewka

Senior Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Nadia Hewka started at CLS in 1997 as a Staff Attorney in the Employment Law Project, where she currently works as a Senior Attorney and heads its Vulnerable Workers project. She has developed specializations in the representation of immigrant workers and particularly undocumented... Read More →
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Julia Simon-Mishel

Supervising Attorney, Unemployment Compensation Unit, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Julia Simon- Mishel is the supervising attorney of the Unemployment Compensation Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), where she represents low-wage workers in unemployment matters. She has represented more than 800 clients and has an active appellate practice pursuing impact... Read More →
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Omeed Firouzi

Staff Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Omeed Firouzi is a staff attorney at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. From 2018 to 2020, Omeed's practice at PLA focused on worker misclassification, pursuant to the ABA Section of Taxation Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship. As a... Read More →

Wednesday October 21, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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