1099, nope, you are viewed as self-employed and can control your own work. You are not an employee you are an independent contractor. It is not fair. Also, you get they joy of paying twice as much for FICA as a 1099, employers pay 1/2 for employees. There are ways a 1099er can change. You can form a corp and give yourseld a salary then you could get unemployment. Also, companies would rather have you work as an independent contractor because it is cheaper. However, there are laws to make sure employers do not improperly classify employees as independent contractors, this can help some people.