In Louisiana with a company based in Texas:
A courier company that states i'm an independent contractor, but it may be proven that I'm an employee.
I claimed accountability on a speeding violation from a camera while driving a company vehicle. I have until the end of this month to pay the fine, but my dispatcher called me up and stating I need to pay the ticket asap because they can't call me on jobs until fine is paid. The explanation for not being given jobs was, "because of insurance," from the secretary to the dispatcher.
I stated to dispatcher that I need my paycheck before I pay the fine.
Dispatcher's response is she is holding my paycheck until fine is paid.
I state to dispatcher, protesting, that withholding my pay isn't acceptable. I also state that paying the ticket will take additional time because of her decision to withhold pay. Her response was, "are you telling me I'm wrong?" which resulted in her stating that she will never call me for a run ever again.
This conversation took place on a Wednesday, the pay period
ended the previous Sunday at midnight. It's been 17 days since the pay has been held.
That same Wednesday, I received a text message from dispatcher stating that I am no longer going to be a part of a team to expand the company. I was going to be in charge of this expansion and I expected to get around 60k a year with my own city to dispatch.
So I have a few questions:
1. Can an insurance company tell their client that client absolutely cannot allow client's employee to work until they pay a traffic fine early?
2. Does this appear to be a violation of law?
3. If this appears to be a violation of law, then can it be, with high certainty, a case where loss of income due to an illegal act? Or Is this just an unpaid job case?