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It does sound complicated and it will be difficult to prove, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I would recommend that you file a complaint with the Department of Labor IF you have not been paid your wages, under the Fair Labor Standards Act if you have not been paid minimum wages.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) , which prescribes standards for the basic minimum wage and overtime pay, affects most private and public employment. It requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of one-and-one-half-times the regular rate of pay. For nonagricultural operations, it restricts the hours that children under age 16 can work and forbids the employment of children under age 18 in certain jobs deemed too dangerous. For agricultural operations, it prohibits the employment of children under age 16 during school hours and in certain jobs deemed too dangerous. The Act is administered by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division within the U.S. Department of Labor.
They will investigate and determine whether you were appropriately categorized as an independent contractor. I would encourage you to have all your documentation ready to show that they controlled your time, your breaks, your work, etc.
Here is the website where you can file your complaint without a lawyer:
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