My Little Vixen not paying out

I, and the other writers, signed a contract for a set pay and a set payment date. The CEO kept putting off the payment date - despite the contract - and is now saying she has no idea when she'll be able to pay as her accounts were frozen. Her bevaviour has been suspicious so I'm not buying it.

What can I do?

  • We've all emailed countless times for months so I'd like to do something a bit more active now, I can't afford a small claims court (I'm in the uk and she's in NYC so I dunno how that would even work). Is there someone high up in the union or a probono lawyer who can email/phone her?

  • For clarification, I assume that there is one contract that you manage and the other writers are paid by you. In addition, within your contract, signed by both parties, is a payment schedule based upon some criteria and that you, as the Account Manager, have been sending invoices (and late reminders) that you are owed money based upon the contract. If all of this is so, then your next step would be to have a US based attorney send a letter to this person that payment is due. This usually would be a one page letter but most firms do not enjoy getting these type of letters.

    Whether her accounts are frozen or not is not your issue. You are due payment for services that you have performed. I also have no idea how money money you are owed or for how overdue her payment is to you. I would make sure your attoney has all of this information.

    Lastly, this does not need to be expensive as a first step. I have not used them before but legal zoom may be a good solution for you. This is a hire an attorney online as you need them.

    Best of luck.

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  • We've all emailed countless times for months so I'd like to do something a bit more active now, I can't afford a small claims court (I'm in the uk and she's in NYC so I dunno how that would even work). Is there someone high up in the union or a probono lawyer who can email/phone her?

  • For clarification, I assume that there is one contract that you manage and the other writers are paid by you. In addition, within your contract, signed by both parties, is a payment schedule based upon some criteria and that you, as the Account Manager, have been sending invoices (and late reminders) that you are owed money based upon the contract. If all of this is so, then your next step would be to have a US based attorney send a letter to this person that payment is due. This usually would be a one page letter but most firms do not enjoy getting these type of letters.

    Whether her accounts are frozen or not is not your issue. You are due payment for services that you have performed. I also have no idea how money money you are owed or for how overdue her payment is to you. I would make sure your attoney has all of this information.

    Lastly, this does not need to be expensive as a first step. I have not used them before but legal zoom may be a good solution for you. This is a hire an attorney online as you need them.

    Best of luck.

  • Find quick freelancing work for FREE and grow your business at https://www.aileensoul.com