At City Council Consumer Affairs Hearing, Writers, Domestic Workers, Web Developers, & More Advocate for “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act, First-of-its-Kind Legislation to end Non Payment Epidemic
1.3 Million Freelancers in NYC; Stiffed an Average $5,968/year
NEW YORK – Graphic artists, writers, domestic workers, and other representatives of NYC’s 1.3 million freelancers testified before the City Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs today and rallied outside City Hall to demand passage of the “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act.
The proposed legislation, the first-of-its-kind in the country, provides basic protections for independent workers from deadbeat companies who refuse to pay, or force freelancers to wait months for their checks.
First introduced by Council Member Brad Lander and a broad coalition of business and labor organizations led by the Freelancers Union, the bill has gained support from a majority of the Council, with 27 of 51 members currently signed on. Read more »