AirTalk for May 4, 2012

The perils of freelancing: what happens when you don’t get paid?

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Are there protections for freelance workers?

How many times have you done freelance work for which you were not paid? Sara Horowitz, the director of the Freelancers Union, is launching a website called the “World’s Largest Invoice” for independent workers to air their grievances and draw attention to the problem of “deadbeat clients.”

According to Horowitz, freelancers are owed $7.5 million in unpaid wages. When the union surveyed its members on the topic of payment, 77 percent of respondents said they had “been stiffed.”

A bill is being introduced in New York that would allow freelancers to file complaints with the Department of Labor, but currently freelance workers do not have that right. If this bill passes in New York, it would set a precedent for other states.

WEIGH IN

If you are a freelancer and were stiffed for work you completed, how did you respond?

GUEST

Randy Renick, Labor Lawyer and Partner with Hadsell, Stormer, Keeny, Richardson & Renick LLP; specializes in wage and hour class action litigation

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