Are contractor employees the “Laborers” allowed to put a Mechanic’s Lien on real property?
I’m a consumer who had a licensed contractor install a new roof an solar on my house. Before signing and throughout the project I’ve told them verbally and in writing that I would require a lien release from the contractor, subcontractors, suppliers, AND everyone who worked on my house. From the California State Licensing Board website I’ve read that “Laborers” can put a mechanic’s lien on my property if not paid, and that I should require a lien release from all Laborers. The problem is that now the prime or direct contractor is trying to say that employees are NOT “Laborers” and that the lien release signed by the direct contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers covers their “employees” who are NOT “laborers” and thus cannot file a mechanics lien. My question, under California’s mechanic’s lien law are contractor “employees” “Laborers” who can file a mechanics lien?