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my employer is a 1099, and hired me as an assistant. I signed

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my employer is a 1099, and hired me as an assistant. I signed no contract and she have me no guidelines or structure for anything. The first few months she wrote personal check and then the last three I have been on her payroll. I was paid three weeks after I started and then again two weeks later but there was no stricter to my payment until the payroll. I put in my one weeks notice also offering to use my days of from new job to train someone for her. She let me go right away and then requested that I write her a check for a part of my the check I had just received. What are my rights and do I owe her money or is the my pay for the previous work I have done?
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No, you certainly don't owe her any money or pay for the previous week that you had done, and it is illegal for her to request that from you.

I would also say that you were almost certainly misclassified as a 1099 contractor, when you should have been classified as an employee. As an assistant you are under the direct control of your employer and would not be considered to have the discretion to perform your job that independent contractors do.

This would mean that you would be entitled to payment for meal and rest breaks that you worked through and overtime as well. So, I would highly suggest that in addition to refusing her illegal request that you file a wage claim against her with the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, which you can do using the information online here:

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Well my former employer says she pays in advanced but I was unaware of that and always thought it was for my previous work. She has not once paid me on a specific date and a lot of the time I would have to track her down to get my check. I just want to be positive I do not owe her anything.
Hello Justine,

Yes, you don't owe her anything. An employer cannot recoup past payments made to an employee for wages.
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