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Company ordered to retain independent contractor pending final hearing of adverse action claim

A recent decision highlights the broad range of remedies that are available in response to adverse action, including pre‑emptive strike proceedings in the form of an interim injunction.

What happened?

An independent contractor provided concrete cartage services to a building materials supplier as an independent contractor.  The independent contractor claimed that the company undertook to extend the contract between the parties until September 2020 if it upgraded to a larger truck.  As a result, the independent contractor spent $150,000 to buy a new truck, after which the company informed the contractor that it did not intend to continue their work arrangement beyond September 2013. More…