If you are an independent contractor as opposed to an employee, then you are not covered by minimum wage laws. Independent contractors are not entitled to the minimum wage because, even though they do work for a company, they are not legally considered employees of that company.
Independent contractors, such as consultants and freelancers, work for hire. The question of whether someone is an independent contractor can be quite technical, and employers sometimes get it wrong (usually by classifying workers as independent contractors when they are really employees).
Also, certain categories of employees – such as farm workers and professional workers – do not fall within the minimum wage laws.
Finally, there are special rules for workers who earn tips, for young workers, and for student workers.
David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (800) 401-4466 or by visiting http://payablaw.com/