Many freelancers are afraid of being blacklisted if they speak up about their unpaid invoices. Never fear! The Freelance Isn’t Free Act (“FIFA”) contains broad anti-blacklisting provisions that penalize hiring parties from punishing you for asserting non-payment claims. Specifically, FIFA makes it illegal to “threaten, intimidate, discipline, harass, deny a work opportunity to or discriminate” against a freelancer or independent contractor who complains or even attempts to complain about non-payment.
Retaliating or even threatening to retaliate against a freelancer is a separate violation of FIFA that entitles the freelancer to additional damages. So any hiring parties who are foolish enough to attempt to retaliate against you for exercising your rights will inevitably have to pay you more in the long run.
It’s time to speak up! Are you a freelancer or independent contractor having trouble getting paid for your past work? You are not alone! PayMeNYC has already helped many other freelancers in your shoes timely collect on their past due payments. Contact us today for more information.