My name is Patrick Collopy. I'm an employment attorney.
New York City freelance workers are protected by the Freelance Isn't Free Act, a law that ensures that freelancers are paid in full and are paid on time. If you are a freelancer in New York City, you likely have a right to a written contract that specifies three things, namely the work you will perform, the pay you will receive, the date payment is due. The contract does not provide a specific date for when you will be paid. Payment is due within 30 days of completion of the work. Additionally, it's illegal for an employer to penalize, threaten, or blacklist a freelancer for requesting a written contract, demanding timely payment, or generally exercising their rights under the Freelance Isn't Free Act.
If you are a freelancer in New York City and believe your rights have been violated or that you're not being paid correctly, we encourage you to contact an attorney experienced in employment litigation as soon as possible.