Worried about repercussions for speaking out about your unpaid invoices? If you’re freelancing in New York City, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The city’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act (FIFA) has your back with robust provisions that prevent employers from retaliating against you for seeking unpaid fees. Specifically, under FIFA, it’s unlawful for clients to “threaten, intimidate, discipline, harass, or in any way discriminate” against freelancers who voice their complaints or even consider doing so regarding unpaid invoices.
Moreover, any form of retaliation or even the mere threat of retaliation against you for asserting your rights is itself a separate violation of FIFA. This means that not only is the client obligated to settle your unpaid invoices, but they could also incur additional penalties if they try to retaliate. In short, clients who try to penalize you for demanding what’s rightfully yours will end up digging a deeper financial hole for themselves.
Don’t keep silent; it’s time to assert your rights! If you’re a freelancer or independent contractor in NYC struggling with unpaid invoices, know that you’re not alone. PayMeNYC has a track record of helping freelancers like you recover their overdue payments efficiently. Reach out to us today for more information.