ED Magedson – Founder
Filter Queen Healthmore, Sound Filtration, Eastern Filtration, Country Air Systems For those of you that have may been pressured to work as an independent contractor for Filter Queen, take note Seattle Nationwide
As fomer employeed (oops "independent contractor") Filter Queen should do some reading of sections 1 and 2 of the Restatement (Third) of Agency. As an idependent contractor you have a fiduciary responsibiliy. For the case of Filter Queen this means "A person having a duty created by his or her undertaking to act primarily for another's benefit in matters connected with the undertaking". At the same time, a fiduciary relationship, means that the relationship involves trust and confidence.
In section 2 of the Restatement (Third) of Agency defines and independent contractor as:
"A person who contracts with another to do something for the owner (or employer) but who is not controlled by the owner (or employer) nor subject to the owner's (or employer's) right to control with respect to the independent contractor's physical conduct in the performace of the undertaking."
This means that if you are cleaning the office, being threatened with not getting sales calls (if the owner has a telemarketing center) if you don't perform a certain task, and you are being forced in the morning for training sessions, then you could be an employee.
Filter Queen should get busy and clean up their mess about their "independent dealer network" or one of these days someone presents them with a class action lawsuit. There is a reason why Filter Queen hires reps in Washington and not Oregon because Oregon law doesn't recognize this form of employment (after all they do collect state income taxes). Many other states should get busy and do the same.
If Filter Queen built high quality stuff that thay can stand behind (I do like the product) then it can compete with Dysan on the showroom floor of Best Buy rather than wasting time, money, and resources on foolish sales offices that may even dub as an MLM system (when utilized with branch offices) with high pressure sales tactics that make the company and who it represents as undesirable people to do business with. Especially when it involves a $3000 vacuum cleaner with a high interest rate to buy (if your credit is bad) that can be bought on EBay for $700.
Those that are sitting in on a sales presentation, would do the rep a big favor by directing them to this blog.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/16/2014 07:15 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/filter-queen/nationwide/filter-queen-healthmore-sound-filtration-eastern-filtration-country-air-systems-for-th-1162678. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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