As a worker in New York, the state’s Labor Law gives you certain rights when you’re hurt on the job. There are exemptions to this right to sue, though, if the person for whom you were working was a private homeowner. Even if you are hurt working for a homeowner, you may still be able to recover compensation. That exemption from Labor Law liability only applies if the homeowner uses the property for himself rather than for “commercial purposes.” In the case of one New York worker, he was allowed to pursue his case because, even though the person for whom he was working was the owner of the house, he had evidence purporting to show that the homeowner planned to rent the property out, which would qualify as a commercial purpose.
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