1. Compare and contrast the classifications of employees or independent contractors. Assess why it is important to classify workers correctly.
2. Lopez, Inc. is an educational consulting company. It has a staff of 27 employees and 5 independent contractors. All of the employees and independent contractors are of Hispanic descent. Lopez needs to hire one sales person and one computer programmer for a project. It intends to hire an employee to fill the position of full-time sales person. It intends to hire an independent contractor for the programming project. Lee, an Asian male applies for the programmer project. Larry, a white male, applies for the sales person position. Neither Lee nor Larry is hired. Both learn that Lopez not only has a history of only hiring Hispanics, but that it, indeed, hired Hispanics for the sales person and independent contractor positions. Do either Lee or Larry have a claim for discrimination under federal law?