• Report: #671896
Complaint Review:

Magical Ranch Arabian Farm/ Linda Siegel

  • Submitted: Wed, December 15, 2010
  • Updated: Wed, December 15, 2010

  • Reported By: anonymous — California United States of America
Magical Ranch Arabian Farm/ Linda Siegel
Laird Rd Loomis, CA sacramento area, California United States of America

Magical Ranch Arabian Farm/ Linda Siegel Hires staff as employees, pays $10 hr, then files a 1099 ,independent contractor, on employees sacramento area, California

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Fair Wages

*Consumer Suggestion: Good Information

*Consumer Suggestion: EASY solution! Just file the IRS form SS-8, screw them bad!

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Magical Ranch/ Linda Siegel hires staff as employees, claiming the two week trial period starts with a $10 hrly wage. Employees are instructed to arrive exactly on time--- not 5 minutes early or late. Employees are given very specific instructions on how to clean stalls, handle horses, etc. Employees are requested to go to other locations (boarding facilities) to work additional horses. Employees are instructed to provide their own grooming gear. Employees are not reimbursed for driving time as well as time on the clock while travelling to other locations (even though she states she will reimburse gas at minmal rate). Employees are instructed not to carry cell phones or they will have to provide her with their bill and will be docked wages per phone call while on the clock.

Linda does not inform employees upfront that she files a 1099 form (independent contractor); which means the hired help must pay their own taxes/medicare/ social security. This reduces their hourly rate to minimum wage or less.

Linda has burned many highly respected horse professionals from farriers, stablehands (w degrees from UC Davis), trainers, etc. She has a very high turnover rate because once these individuals are on to her scam, they leave. Linda preys on young horsemen who are naive to tax laws.

Linda's husband is an attorney. She threatens legal retaliation to those who consider standing up to her.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Fair Wages

AUTHOR: Magical Ranch - ()

Our small rescue/herd operation hires young people to clean, groom, feed, and otherwise help with our horses that live at our home.  The average length of employment is one month.  Every person working here is given written policies that include a complete description of how they are paid.  The schedule is driven by the time needs of the horses (i.e. feeding/turn-out), and the needs and safety of the people working here.  We do not require skilled labor - i.e. training/riding of the horses.  In fact, we send the horses to professional trainers when they have training requirements.

We promote support of students through part-time regular work.  The hours change in concert with the school schedule.  We wish the horse industry was better so that we could pay people more, but we focus
on finding those youngsters that need schedules that accommodate their more important school lives.

Due to the dedication of many people working here over decades, we have been able to save the lives of
countless horses.

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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Good Information

AUTHOR: John - (U.S.A.)

The horse community is somewhat close knit so this story should make the rounds quickly. A few other things that need to be added is that when you are a 1099 worker (contractor) you have no right to unemployment. You can, however, file workers comp claims for injuries received at work.

States are going hard after employers who use 1099 status to avoid paying unemployment and workers comp taxes on mislabelled employees.

Trouble is heading their way.

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#3 Consumer Suggestion

EASY solution! Just file the IRS form SS-8, screw them bad!

AUTHOR: Steve - (U.S.A.)

All you have to do is file the IRS form "SS-8, Determination of Worker Status".

Get the above form from the IRS website or the local IRS office.

Nail those lowlife!

After the IRS gets done with them, they will be bankrupt. They will be forced to pay BOTH shares of SS taxes, back unemployment insurance and workman's comp premiums, and fines for misclassification of workers.

Do it right away.

And, when you file your taxes, be sure to file as an employee and do a "lost" W-2!

Notify this "employer" in writing via certified mail, return reciept requested that you were an employee, and demand a W-2.

Too many lowlife "employers" out there wanting all of the benefits of having 'employees" but want none of the cost.

Time to educate them that they cannot have it both ways.

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