ARE YOU A FREELANCER WHO IS OWED MONEY?
On May 15, 2017, New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act (“Freelance Isn’t Free” or the “Act”) took effect.
Freelance Isn’t Free mandates a detailed, written contract – and timely payment in full – from parties who engage freelancers, in addition to prohibiting certain types of retaliation against freelancers who seek either or both.
One of the biggest appeals of Freelance Isn’t Free to freelancers is the remedies it provides for a hiring party’s non-compliance with the Act. In most instances, these include not only attorneys’ fees and costs for bringing a claim, but also double damages or more.
While formerly a standard debt collection claim for a few thousand dollars may have not been worth hiring an attorney and bringing, now, freelancers protected by Freelance Isn’t Free are often entitled to multiples of the money they’re owed, plus the expenses of bringing a lawsuit.
This relatively new law is a game-changer in New York City.
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