What are my rights as an independent contractor to get my business certified by my former employer?

I was an independent contractor with a company and then became an employee. After several years as an employee, I was laid off. I later applied to the company as an independent contractor and was invited to certify my business. Days later, I was informed my business could not certify; no reason was provided. There was no information in my separation packet indicating that I could not provide services as an independent contractor and I was initially invited to do so. Do I have a case against the company?

Asked on September 23, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not have any rights in this regard: the law does not require a company to certify any independent contractor or business, whether or not it is one owned by or associated with a former employer, and regardless of whether or not they had initially indicated that they would do this.

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