Oompa-Loompa doompety doo, Willy Wonka's got an employment law issue for you

In the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the Oompa-Loompas were small humans whom predators in their homeland preyed upon before Wonka invited them to work at his factory. Among other things, they loved to play practical jokes and sing songs. According to Wikipedia, they were paid in their favorite food, cocoa beans. Which, of course, raises a larger question for us employment law enthusiasts: Were the Oompa-Loompas employees or independent contractors?

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