This is kind of a crazy question but I found it so crazy that I had to write about it. A DigitalPoint Forums thread has someone asking if he can put on his resume that he was or is employed by Google, since he is an AdSense publisher.
Today I applied at Best-Buy and one of the fields in the application said: What technology related positions have you worked in recently?
I put Web-designer and electronic delivery guy but I was thinking about putting Google Publisher. Bet you anything related to "Google" would look nice.
Now we pay taxes, they have our name, our tax ID, and everything else. Are we employed by Google?
No! AdSense publishers are not employed by Google. They are independent contractors, and you have no right to claim you worked for Google as an employee on your resume or on a job application.
The last line of the Google AdSense terms and conditions reads:
The relationship between Google and You is not one of a legal partnership relationship, but is one of independent contractors.
Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.