I am a licensed optometrist working and have been working as an independent contractor for the last 6 years for a

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Customer: I am a licensed optometrist working and have been working as an independent contractor for the last 6 years for a sublease optometrist at a large commercial practice. He is now looking to take my days away from me and work my scheduled days. I work for a percentage of my professional fees. Unfortunately, there is no written contract. If I refuse to give up my days at the practice, can he legally have me removed? Thank you for your help
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Indiana
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: What steps should I take?
JA: The Lawyer will be able to walk you through that. Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Ok, no nothing else
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Hello and welcome to Just Answer. I am so sorry to hear you are having this legal problem. My name is ***** ***** I'm an attorney and am happy to assist you. While I strive to respond to inquiries as soon as possible, please be aware that I may need time to research your legal inquiry and will respond as soon as I get the information I need for you. Please be assured that you will receive a response.

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I have read your facts. If I understand, you are a contracted optometrist, and the owner wishes to remove you from the practice by taking away your work days. Am I correct?

Customer
Hi
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Eric Y., Esq., Expert

Are you available to discuss this more in depth via 1 on 1 telephone call? That may be most efficient.

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sure
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Eric Y., Esq., Expert

Great. Please initiate the call on your end of the chat. The site will connect us. We can talk as long as you need.

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Eric Y., Esq., Expert

You should have a pop up link.

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not seeing the pop up link
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Eric Y., Esq., Expert

Ahh, I just realized you are mobile. If you log in on a laptop or desktop, you will have the ability to request a call. Also, you can log in through your internet on the phone.  The pop ups do not come up on mobile texting for some reason.

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having trouble with phone call. can we just text instead?
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Eric Y., Esq., Expert

Sure, no problem.

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Eric Y., Esq., Expert

In all, because you are under a contract that has no terms, you are in essence, an at-will contractor.  Much like a contracted plumber or lawn guy, you can terminate the verbal contract at any time, without recourse.  This would be different if you were an employee with some rights.  Here, your only rights are contractual, so anything that was promised must be adhered to, albeit verbal promise.  You will have the ability to sue the owner for any work that you have alread completed should you not be paid for it. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that is how the law interprets your contractual relationship.

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Does my answer make sense given the facts you presented?

Customer
that's what I figured, as well. It makes sense.
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Eric Y., Esq., Expert

Are there any other questions I can answer for you?  I'm happy to help.

Customer
no, all good. thank you for your time.
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Eric Y., Esq., Expert

Thank you for allowing me to help. I wish you nothing but the best and please come back and ask any follow up questions that you may have at any time.

Customer
Ok
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Eric Y., Esq., Expert

You are welcome.

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