I agree that for WC law that some people would be consideres employees this is true here in Astalia, As a tax accountant i can say that for here the definition of an employee is any one that does work for someone else where 80% of that work is done for one person "employer" and the "employer" sets starting and finishibng times and dictates what work has to be done by what time.
But still the Uptons went into a situation that they were aware of the "volunteer work" comditions and signed an agreement. They received $79000. For me that just shows their greed for more money.
Someone said that the WTS was a "business doing buisness". This is true to a certain extent but not true as a cmomercial operation. It is non profit as no share holder ever receives a dividend. There is no income from having shares in the Corperation. So no one profits after taxes are paid. The WTS as a legal entity may have an lot of money, but the money is not used to line someones pockets. It is used for religous purposes, whether it be printing their material, building KH in poor countries, doing relief work in destater areas.
I do think if NY laws are anything like Aust WC laws the legal entity should have been fined for not complying with state laws, if the state laws do stipulate that the relationship was indeed an emploer employee one.
The Uptons shopuld have been content with thir payout