A class-action lawsuit has been filed against utilities retailer Just Energy by 7000 people who worked as door to door sales agents. One of the employees, 58 year old Haidar Omarali, worked 72 hour weeks, sometimes earning only $3.32 cents a day in a 12 hour workday.
Haidar Omarali is one of the 7000 people that were classified as independent contractors for Just Energy. The sales agents were told when to work, where to work, and how to work which suggests that they are an employee, receiving basic protection including minimum wage and overtime. But none of the basic rights apply to independent contractors.
This case is very important not just for Haidar Omarali, but for workers everywhere. The employment role of the worker is changing. Being a temporary worker, a part time worker, and being a contract worker is becoming more and more the norm.
So what kind of rights do you have? Tasha Kheiriddin talks with Koskie Minsky Labour Law Firm, lawyer Jody Brown that is representing the 7000 plaintiffs in the first of its kind class action lawsuit.