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Question DetailsAsked on 9/12/2017

If a business is listed on Angie's List and I've found them to have multiple convicted felons as employees

I am curious as to what kind of screening process ones business goes through to be approved for Angie's List? I have found a local company listed on your site to have mutiple employees whom have felony convictions and work daily in people's homes, one even have a lewd conduct with a minor, and another with a felony drug dealing charge!!!! I'm frightened and worried local people are trusting of such a buciness! They also have all employees be 1099 status (self employed) which means no wokman's comp insurance and licenses for each indiviual, only for the main company, all unbeknownst to the trusting customer. I was aleays under the impression Angie's List pointed you in the right direction

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Angies List has previously responded (can't find the link to that question right now) that businesses signing up for Angies List listings have to self-certify that they are properly licensed, bonded, and insured as required by law for their line of business and locale - AL does not very this.


Generally speaking, there is no law (except for limited professions like locksmithing and some financial businesses and some types of professional licensing) against convicted felons working for companies - on Angies List or elsewhere. In fact, the legal system is configured so after they have served their sentence (or these days typically a small percentage of it before they are released) the technically are considered rehabilitated and are encouraged to work. Fine in theory, but as you say not necessarily someone you want working in your home.


From a practical standpoint Angies List cannot individually verify the on-going status of the tens of thousands of companies listed on their site.


If you had contact with this company, as it sounds like, you can do a Review on the company warning possible future clients about this situation - just be sure to be perfectly honest about it to limit your potential liability with regards to the company claiming libel.


As for the felony background thing - you would e free in many states (a few outlaw this) to prohibit anyone on the site who has had a felony conviction, in the contract.


As for the 1099 thing - you are right about this potentially exposing you to liability which should have been protected against by proper insurances. You can mandate in the contract that the contractor perform all work with his own employees with no subcontractors - or that you have to pre-approve proposed on-site subcontrators before the contract is signed.


The lack of workman's compensation insurance is not limited to unknown individual contractors though - generally, business owners/partners and self-employed workers are not allowed to buy workman's compensation insurance on themselves, because of a fear it will promote people setting up as individual contractors and then falsely claiming worker's comp as an "instant retirement". I have never really understood that philosophy, because there are tons of workers who do the same thing - go to work for a company and then shortly thereafter claim an injury which prevents them from ever working again.


About all you can do it choose well-rated and reviewed firms, and ones with a long history of business in your area, which will weed out most of the fly-by-nighters and scammers and such - becuase they tend to move on once they have milked a locale and started getting a lot of bad reviews and start getting the attention of licensing and law enforcement. Checking out the length of time they have been licensed at a state level (though not all states list this) is also a good indication of a stable business practice, as if good local word-of-mouth recommendation.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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