sub·​con·​trac·​tor | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər How to pronounce subcontractor (audio) , ˌsəb-kən-ˈtrak-\

Definition of subcontractor

: an individual or business firm contracting to perform part or all of another's contract

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But Boston Garden had a public falling out with a subcontractor, Millennial Entertainment, which ran vending booths and concessions, one of the main attractions of the seasonal festival. Milton J. Valencia,, "Boston Winter is canceled amid plans to renovate City Hall Plaza," 3 July 2018 These folks are usually hired as subcontractors on projects. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "See The Definitions Of Common Renovation Terms," 26 Dec. 2018 The citations were issued under a 2015 California law that says employers that rely on subcontractors for labor can be held liable for those subcontractors’ workplace violations. Samantha Masunaga,, "Cheesecake Factory held jointly liable with contractor for $4.2 million in janitorial wage theft case," 12 June 2018 McNeil had been working at the Learning Experience in Foxborough as a subcontractor for an energy efficiency company. Fox News, "Police: Man hid recording device in preschool restroom," 23 May 2018 Still, the brand could not escape controversy and was plagued with ethics questions regarding its relationship to the White House and labor violations among its numerous subcontractors. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Many companies, for example, now outsource large parts of their business to subcontractors. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Maybe the Gig Economy Isn’t Reshaping Work After All," 7 June 2018 On large projects, the county sometimes awards a contract to a lead contractor, who in turn seeks bids for pieces of the large job and awards the work to subcontractors. Karen Farkas,, "How does Cuyahoga County award contracts and purchase items?," 19 Mar. 2018 Thirty-one other Samsung executives face trial alongside Lee for threatening to cut wages from employees and withdraw business from subcontractors that supported unionization. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Samsung," 26 Dec. 2018

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1798, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of subcontractor

: one (as an individual or business) that contracts to perform part or all of the obligations of another's contract

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