I'm a taxi cab driver. I lease my cab by the week and drive 12 hours per night, 5 nights per week. I pay my own expense such as fuel, car washes, can of brake fluid, etc. I accept "fairs" from dispatch through the on board computer as well as run "personal fairs", which I've cultivated.
Question; As an Independent Lease Driver or Independent Contractor do I have the right to refuse service to anyone, for any or no reason whatsoever?..
Superintendents who work for this cab company,.. have on two occasions, without warning, suspend my ability to lease my cab for a week. Both times the suspension came without warning, days after an incident. Punishment you see,.. for not following directives! This action on their part prohibited my ability to earn a living and placed me under duress. I had bills to pay! Their action was because I refused to provide service to certain individuals who I suspect are drug
dealers, using cabs as a safe method to transport their crap with out the worry of being stopped by cops. These low life's may also have posed a threat to my safety
On multiple occasions management has also threatened to "FIRE" me in the future, should I not comply with their directives and those from company dispatchers,.. with regards XXXXX XXXXX up certain future fairs.
Question: By them controlling my time & telling me who, when, and where to pick up fairs, regardless of the circumstances that I see,.. and telling me to adhere to their company directives and policy's or lose my ability to earn a living, have they just turned my independent contractors agreement/lease cab contract into an EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
?.. If YES;
Then wouldn't the entire 2.5 years that I've been driving, then be viewed as "employee status" vs "Lease Driver" or "Independent Contractor" and wouldn't they then be liable for allot of back taxes?...
QUESTION: If I were reclassified, why wouldn't the other 500 or 600 other drivers be reclassified as well?..
See were I'm heading....