Some working people prefer the flexibility that comes with being an independent contractor. Many more people, however, prefer the stability that comes with being an employee. Sometimes employers wrongly classify employees as independent contractors. This practice is known as misclassification. Misclassification violates the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and many state laws as well. More importantly, misclassification exploits working people.
Under federal and Maryland state laws, the minimum wage is currently set at $7.25. However, many people do not know that restaurant servers are often among those who can be paid a much lower wage, just $3.63 an hour, plus tips, here in Maryland.
In some industries, paying dues is the only way to really break into the business. In TV news, young reporters are often sent out to stand in the snow and talk about harsh weather so veteran journalists don't have to brave the cold. Some great writers have started their careers penning obituaries and in finance, junior consultants often take care of the more menial number-crunching tasks.