Independent contractor or employee...what are my rights to my client database?
I have built a client based-business for 5 years in a wellness center. I had a verbal disagreement with the owner and she told me not to come back. She contacted my clients and have told them they must now see another therapist. Due to the short notice, I was unable to get my client records. She claims the clients belong to the center and refuses to give the client information to me. Having been paid as an independent contractor and that she issued a 1099 each year, I have always believed the clientel to be my database. Do I have the right to sue her for the database or for its value? And if not, was I actually an employee?