Posted: Jun 10, 2006 9:24 pm
I hate the whole HR as private detective idea...it just sucks.
in 1999, i was an independent contractor for one of the rainbow media holdings television channels. i am incorporated, and invoiced them for my time and services. the idea was that they didn't have to pay payroll taxes, social security, benefits, etc and i wasn't the only one who worked this way. the way i saw it and explained it to them, my corporation was a temp agency for the services of a live television professional. that my corporate identity and the person doing the task were the same individual really does not have anything to do with anything.
i did not have to be there to perform my work save for the 1/2 hour i was in the control room during broadcast, but i was there (this is important, legally in labor law) because it was easier to use their infrastructure
about 3 months after i'd been doing my thing (i launched a series of live talk show format programs for them), they told me i'd have to go on their payroll. i figured, ok... what the hell.
however, instead of just giving me a w4 to fill out.... i got a whole packet - complete w/ forms for me to sign allowing them to do a credit check on me, drug test etc.
well, even though i can pass a random drug test any day, i'm a million percent opposed to that. so i said, "no thanks" and completely left the gig
i mean ----- credit check???? what the fuck? i asked the person who brought me on if rainbow media holdings was going to issue me a mortgage or credit card.... what does my credit worthiness or lack thereof have to do with getting a job? ostensibly, i have a job because i want to have money which will in turn maintain a healthy credit profile because i am not broke because i am gainfully employed or paid by some entity that lets me actually do the work in exchange for the money they give me. its a fucking transaction. what's so hard about that? why all the bullshit?
and people wonder why there's a huge blackmarket level cash underground and people who work under less than scrupulous circumstances who are NOT illegal aliens
its so offensive that i'm still pissed off 7 years later
i launched a work stoppage campaign that point for point addressed their stupidity; they did not think it was funny. i wish someone HAD written about it, though....