Cost-Cutting Using Independent Contractor Consultants Lands Campaign In Hot Water

Proving perhaps that nobody is immune from misclassifying workers as subcontractors, Kshama Sawant’s campaign has come under fire for misclassifying political consultants as independent contractors.

While we don’t know the reason that a campaign built on championing workers’ rights would make this embarrassing error, the campaign’s manager is alleged to have stated that the contractor classification is a “common practice” and an “overwhelming practice” in political campaigns, thus suggesting the campaign made common mistake of classifying workers as independent contractors because of industry practice.

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Another common mistake the article alludes to is that the campaign thought the classification was okay because the consultants were not hired for continuing, consistent work. As the Sawant campaign is finding out, these widely held assumptions are costly mistakes.

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