Dear Forum Members,

I have been freelancing from a long time as a Video Editor. I usually take up work at home or work on contractual basis at the client side. Recently i encountered a fraud company who are not paying my dues. i was able to recover 50% of my income but rest is still unpaid from past 2 months. I have given them constant reminders but they are not responding to my mails and calls and giving false commitments.

The scenario is that I successfully finished 1 project with them and according to the letter of appointment i was supposed to get the payment within 15 days. As the project was mutually agreed for 15-20 days expected time but it got extended to more than a month. I was working on hourly basis so i was able to clear 10 days dues in between the project only. But the pending payment was still unpaid even for a month.

The main problem happened when the Client Servicing Head asked me to start on another project with the commitment that my payment will b cleared in 2-3 days, i agreed to work on it. As the days passed by i was getting a picture of the delaying of payment. The situation was getting worse and i was becoming disinterested in the project. On the 7th day i told the guy that i can only resume my services if i get the pending payment cleared.

Now after a few days i got a call from the same guy that their company is in some crisis so they can only give the part payment and rest will give after one month. Thinking of this, i went for 8th day work to collect the cheque and on 9th day asked them clearly please give me in written that i will get my payment in one month and then only i will resume my services.

But nothing happened. They were not ready to do that and there was no communication after that between us for few days. Later I drafted a final bill for 1st project pending payment + 8 working days of 2nd project and mailed them but got no response. When i called the same person he clearly said that i would not be getting any amount as i have caused them loss and i have black mailed them to get that part payment and later leaving the work in between. So since them i am trying hard to get in touch with the accounts section and they are saying that they are waiting for a big payment and they will pay me..for that i have to wait...

Now what should i do...Please advice. I mostly have all the documents and communication relating to the work in handy and in email. Please provide me any solution as the pending dues is 50k+ and in need of it.

P.S. : I am from New Delhi and the company where i was working is in Noida Sector 63.

From India, Delhi
Nobody in this forum has any views or can suggest anything on this? I would request senior and fellow members to have their views on it so that i can take necessary steps.
From India, Delhi
It seems that you have made the situation worse. You can be polite in first shot. well, now you need to wait for the payment and have patience. Be in touch with account department or someone else in the company for smooth process of your payment. Don't create pressure and show your willingness to work with them more. Once they will trust they will release the payment. Don't give them the impression that you are concern about payments only.
This will work buddy !!
Chill HR !!

From India, Gurgaon
Thanks for the reply.
Well i know there are times when we take wrong decisions and my decision was to start on another project while not clearing the 1st project payment. I am still awaiting the payment since 2 months and have been waiting patiently now and hope they give it soon. I have been in constant touch with their accountant but now he also seems to ignore my calls.
But if they don't pay up, is there any other way out i can get out money like legal formalities or something.

From India, Delhi
Dear friend, donot loose courage and take back step in approaching for demanding the dues. But days are like this take another projects for earn bread for life
From India, Visakhapatnam
Yes you are right. Thats what i have been doing. Is there any remedy or precautions to avoid this kind of situation in future..Please advice.
From India, Delhi
There is no hard and fast rules to avoid such things. We have to go on doing things with anticipating such things
From India, Visakhapatnam
Dear concerned,
If you have a contract of any short with your employer, you can move to the court.
Even if, you have no contact but a work order , you can move to the labour court for non payment of your dues.
However, as a first step, you can get a legal notice drafted by a lawyer and send it to the other party through India Post and see how they respond to that.

From India, Delhi
Thanks. I have all the documents with me. The letter which states my charges for the project and all the related info, email conversations, work logs, clicked pictures of my daily register entries. I am thinking of the same solution but at the same time waiting that everything goes out smoothly and patiently.
The main thing was the employer even hold up their employees salaries for more than 2 months during oct-nov'12...and when i knew all this, i stopped the project in between..and now he is giving false and stupid excuses for not paying back.

From India, Delhi
Dear Anonymus,
TeamGroup HR has given correct advise. Pl follow it immediately by contacting a lawyer and issue a legal notice. Claim for all amounts due alongwith interest and legal cost. Discuss / contact them only after this.
Best wishes,
Ravi Kanth

From India, Hyderabad

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