Hanson v. Transportation General, Inc.

716 A.2d 857 (1998)

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Hanson v. Transportation General, Inc.

Connecticut Supreme Court
716 A.2d 857 (1998)

Facts

Allen Hanson was a taxi driver for Transportation General, Inc. (defendant), which did business as Metro Taxi Service (Metro). Under Hanson’s owner-operator agreement with Metro, Hanson maintained ownership of the vehicle, but Metro held title to the vehicle and marked the vehicle as a Metro taxi. Hanson paid Metro roughly $425 per week for the right to operate the taxi and was required to maintain his own insurance and pay for all repairs, maintenance, and other expenses. Hanson set his own work hours and work locations and could hire another driver to drive the taxi. Hanson did not receive a salary from Metro and did not have to report his fares to Metro. If Hanson and Metro terminated the agreement, Metro would transfer title of the taxi to Hanson. In 1990, Hanson was murdered while driving the taxi. Hanson’s wife, Janet Hanson (plaintiff) filed a claim for workers’-compensation survivor benefits. The workers’-compensation commissioner denied the claim after finding that Hanson was an independent contractor and not an employee at the time of his death. The compensation review board and Connecticut Appellate Court affirmed the commissioner’s decision. Hanson appealed to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Peters, J.)

Dissent (Berdon, J.)

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