Employees in certain industries, including construction are being taken advantage of from a financial standpoint by their employers.
A June report released by the Economic Policy Institute sheds light on an alarming trend in America known as employee misclassification that is rampant within industries that rely heavily on a chain of subcontractors such as construction and trucking.
Between 10 and 20 percent of employers nationwide, misclassify at least one worker as an independent contractor. According to the report, this trend is likely to have increased in recent years.
Employee misclassification occurs when a company treats someone who should be classified as a direct hire as a self-employed, independent contractor.