Need some help
Hello everyone, have been visiting and reading the forum for a while and this is my first time posting.
I have been doing property preservation for the last 14 months, and have recently lost my job. I worked for a small company, i was hired on as a subcontractor and told it would be temporary until they could get all their guys on the books. I was told that their guys are working an average of 50 hours a week and they were trying to set it up that everyone worked 1 saturday a month. Long story short, i have worked many saturdays, holidays, and my usual week was 60+hours with many weeks being 68 hour weeks. I was paid hourly at $12.00 an hour to start. I really needed the job at the time and didnt know a thing about pp work so i took the job figuring the overtime would make up for the low wage. I recieved a .50 cent raise after 6 months, and at my 1 year mark was told i would be getting a dollar raise. It never happened until i recieved my last paycheck this week and it was on it, 8 weeks afterwards.
I recently expressed my concerns to my bosses, they didnt want to pay travel time after we finished our last job, which would alot of days be 1 1/2- 2 hours drive back to the shop. This had me eating 7-10 hours a week for free, on top of the hour i drove to the shop from home and the hour home everyday. All of the guys had an issue with this as we are all labeled as subs and we are driving their equipment on their insurance.
I asked if i could start having more time at home because i wasnt getting home until my kids were in bed alot of days and i didnt get to see them. I told them that if we cant work something out we will have to part ways. My family time is important to me and im a sub i should be able to set my own hours. Well, they didnt technically fire me, but i was told because i couldnt work the hours they wanted work was slow and not to show up anymore because they didnt have work for me, although they are overrun with work.
So here i am, burdened with bills, and no income and no way to take care of my family. We did alot of work for MCS and NFR, i have my own vendor number, aspen id and have since i started. I never filled anything out for a vendor number, never paid any e/o or gl insurance. I found out recently that they had been paying it for all of us. I showed up at 7am, drove their trucks, trailers an equipment, was given a business credit card in my and the business name, that i had to call and activate and that i kept with me at all times, for gas and materials. I was given a clipboard with a route laid out for me every morning with the phone i used for pictures and i was not allowed to deviate from the route. I was not allowed to hire or bring a helper on my own and most days i did the route myself.the route was always a mix of initials,finals, grass cuts, wints, bid approvals, mold, we did it all.
So here is my questions and where i need help.
1, what should i do about my vendor number? Im afraid of being sued down the road for shotty work i was told to do and fudge. When my boss "fired" me, i told him i was going to call mcs and cancel my vendor number or start doing jobs myself for them if he had no work. He told me i signed a non compete and thay i couldnt. And he would sue me if i did and stole work from him. Is that legal? It is MY vendor number right? I technically work for mcs and not them? Im not sure how it works and i never signed anything for mcs except a paper for the background check. From my understanding i am an 01 vendor.
2, how does that work if i was covered for e/o and gl insurance to be a vendor but i never signed any policy or have any clue what is in the policy, or through who. I am afraid they will continue to use my information to complete jobs.
3, how does having a company credit card effect my credit?
4, should i file for unemployment and appeal it when i get turned down? We definitely pass the test as employees vs IC.
5 should i sue him in some shape or another?
Sorry for the longwinded post, im just devastated. I liked doing the work, it was just overbearing hours and i asked for some compromise and instead was fired. They do not hokd a weeks pay back so i am down to my last few hundred dollars, with a wife and 3 kids to support. I dont know what direction to go so please help me out. Thanks in advance.