What can I do if my contractor tells me they won’t give me work anymore unless I drop an auto accident suit that happened in a work van?

I was rear-ended on way home after hours in my contractor’s work van I was insured on. The accident was the other person’s fault. I have obtained a lower back injury from the accident, I had to use my contractor’s auto insurance that I was on for medical because of the no-fault act in my state. I went and saw an attorney to make sure that I was doing everything right. Now my contractor is mad that I used his insurance and talked to an attorney thinking I was after him which I am not. I have explained that to him, he removed me from the insurance policy now and told me in order for us to continue working together I must get my own insurance and also drop the back injury. I feel that this is unfair and I am without work now until I do what he has asked going without money. What can I do or is this legal for him to do? Should I drop the case and do what he asks so that I can continue working?

Asked on December 6, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Your contractor has no obligation to employ you, and you have no legal right to or guaranty of a job. The contractor is free to do what you indicate: to say he won't employ you unless you get your own insurance and drop your claim. You have to decide if doing so is in your interest, or if you'd be better off not working with/for him but continuing with your claim(s). Bear in mind that even if you agree to do what he wants, unless you get him to give you a written contract for a set length of time (e.g. a one-year contract) guarantying you a minimum amount of work or pay for that time, he could later stop working with you anyway; only a written contract protects your rights to a job or work.

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