Got a part time job online. I don’t know what to do.

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  • #657038

    mrpenman
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    I got a part time job online for a foreign company that deals with content writing. Basically, I write articles on a daily basis ranging from 2-3 articles. It’s an easy job for me actually. My only concern is that I’ve been working for them for about a year now and yet they haven’t compensated me. They always mention that they will be giving us a raise but it never happens. Me and my colleagues have been emailing our concerns and what not but to no avail. What do I do with this?

  • #657046

    ostarella
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    If you’ve been working for them for a year without compensation, I’d say you’ve been had. Find a different job.

    • #657048

      mrpenman
      Participant

      Aren’t they liable to pay me for the hours I’ve worked for?

    • #657093

      Rob Vargas
      Moderator

      @mrpenman:

      Aren’t they liable to pay me for the hours I’ve worked for?

      Yeah, maybe.

      And…?

      From the sounds of things, the only way to make that clear is to take them to court and get a judgment in your favor. How much will that cost?

      And even if you get that judgment, then what? They haven’t paid you so far. So how do you collect? That, too, will cost.

      You may be right and still never see a penny. In fact, it’s entirely possible that the act of getting that money you’re owed might cost you more than the money itself.

      This is one of the harsh realities of online jobs and of being a contractor. You have rights, but you are the one that has to assert and act on them. No one’s going to do it for you. And, like any other action as an independent worker, that costs. If this “enterprise” is what we think it is, they count on that being too bothersome for anyone to pursue it.

      It’s well beyond time that you cut your losses. You do have rights here. As @ostarella said, you’re best off seeking legal counsel on that. But if you decide to go forward with this, it’s going to require money. It’s up to you to decide if you’re better off parting ways with this, or with getting what you believe you have coming to you.

  • #657050

    ostarella
    Participant

    You’d have to consult a lawyer, esp since this involves international law, but if you’ve waited a year without pay and continued to work for them…

    I’m at a loss why you continued with them after not getting paid – after the 2nd or 3rd article I’d have walked.

  • #657102

    T. A. Rodgers
    Senior Moderator

    Did you sign anything? If you didn’t sign anything, then you basically agreed to give them free stuff.

    Also, going from zero to something doesn’t mean you received a raise. It just means you finally got paid.

    What kind of content do you write?

  • #657248

    noobienieuw
    Blocked

    @mrpenman

    why did you keep writing when you were not paid for the first pieces?

    if it’s a foreign company your chances of getting paid are fat slim and none
    even if you spend a bunch on lawyers and get a judgement you wont collect.

    stop writing any content for them
    just send them invoices for what they owe you

    if you get paid, then run far away and find a usa company that is honest

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