Comparison of workplace legal protections for employees and for independent contractors in the United States
|Labor standard||Employee||Independent contractor|
|Paid sick days||√||X|
|Paid family leave||√||X|
|Health and safety protections||√||X|
|Right to a union||√||X|
|Discrimination and sexual harassment protections||√||X|
View the underlying data on epi.org.
Source: Authors’ analysis of current (as of May 2022) federal and state laws. Employees have these protections in places where they are statutorily prescribed. Independent contractors do not have these protections in any jurisdiction.