Under California law, a person working without a proper contractor’s license can’t be classified as an independent contractor. However, a person who hires an unlicensed worker may be presumed to be his employer.
The state courts rules in 2006 that a homeowner who hired an unlicensed roofer created an employment relationship thereby allowing the roofer to file a personal injury action. An injured employee of an unlicensed contractor may also be covered by the same law.
If you have been injured while working as an unlicensed independent contractor, do not let guilt or fear stop you from seeking legal advice.
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