State of California says Ms. X was an employee, I said she was an independent contractor

In 2005 Ms. X contracted with me to gather signatures. We had a contract. I had no supervision or control of her. She filed for unemployment. California said she was my employee, I said not. California placed a $7,000 lien on me. I still can’t get any kind of a loan due to that plus I filed bankruptcy in 2007. What can I do?

Asked on June 26, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You should have fought it then; you are most likely precluded from fighting it now. 

Try consulting with a lawyer: and check his or her record at under attorney search.

As to the bankruptcy, it stays on your credit report for 7 to 10 years.

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