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Someone else who cheats artists

This isn't furry, but it is a group of people that certainly cheat artists out of hard work.
It's a company called Right Choice Publishing. They're a business in Lee's Summit, Missouri. I advise you not to do any work for them. They make you do a lot of free work, and you don't get paid until the designs are done `right,' which is hardly ever. Designers are supposed to work from their home and send stuff in, but I didn't have that luxury. Yet, despite me coming into their office every day, and working long hours in their cramped, drafty basement, my official title was still `Self Employed Subcontractor.' They demanded I spend long hours tweaking files and fixing images FOR FREE, and, even more insulting, I had to constantly fix their company logos and air filter advertisements for no pay whatsoever.
They have lawyers. You sign a contract to work there. I suggest you never work for these people, because once you're signed up, you're screwed.
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akktri
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
Poverty
I got so desperate I would have signed anything.
banka_flavored
Sep. 16th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
So you work there and dont get paid. Did the contract say you would get paid? *confused a bit*

I live in olathe KS, so thanks for the heads up about this near by thing.
akktri
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Here's how it was supposed to work
They showed me a pay system, that I agreed to because I suck at math. They said I'd get paid $10 for each page or something like that, but if it's a `reprint,' it's only $5 a page, even if you have to overhaul the &*#@$#%.
New stuff gets you...something like $15 or $20 a page, MAYBE, if you do it from scratch, but there's always a catch. You have to alter it drastically to conserve ink, you have to resize it for different hotel formats, AND make a TV stand (which involves more screwing with the images and text).
AJ Endicott would therefore pay you a measely sum, then expect you to `fix' it some more, FREE OF CHARGE, if anything wasn't up to spec. He seemed to think it reasonable.
banka_flavored
Sep. 17th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's how it was supposed to work
That does sound shitty, nice way to take advantage of someone in need of money with talent :/ sorry you had to go through that. Thanks for warning us all.
doodlesthegreat
Sep. 16th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
Have a lawyer look at that contract. You might find the conditions listed as onerous and thus invalid.
akktri
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
Una problema
They never let me have a copy of their contract. They didn't even let me have a copy of their spec sheet I was supposed to imitate to do the job `right.'
kitsuken
Sep. 20th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's how it was supposed to work
I'm pretty sure they're required to give you a copy of the contract you signed, that's definately something you should check with a lawyer about
akktri
Oct. 5th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
Nope.
They were very secretive with their papers. They never let me have anything except bad printouts of my work.
flyingwild
Sep. 16th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
I think this is the first non-furry post I've seen in this entire comm...

Anyway, I can't imagine their contract can be too legally binding unless the terms are written in it, in which case, why would you sign it?

Good for the headsup anyway though.
akktri
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
Why sign it?
The answer is, I was desperate for money. I was unemployed, willing to take anything I could get. I also suck at math.
azuredoragon
Sep. 16th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
Holy fucking shit... I LIVE in Lee's Summit!
razerz
Sep. 16th, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
Yikes, i live in the MO, thanks for the heads up.
giza
Sep. 16th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
Working "off the clock" is SO illegal
For them, that is, not you. :-)

Specifically, it's probably a violation of Fair Labor Standards Act. In a nutshell, it is illegal for the employer to require you to "work off the clock", or work without pay.

And, this law is enforced. Check these out:

http://www.washingtonfreepress.org/39/clock.html
http://test2006.irmi.com/Expert/Articles/2005/Siegel02.aspx
http://hr.cch.com/hhrlib/issues-answers/off-the-clock-work-can-cost-retailers-millions.asp?date=April-28-2003
http://www.jobbankusa.com/News/Employment/employ111904a.html
http://www.peo7.com/htmFiles/Working422.htm

I would suggest speaking to a lawyer. Chances are, if they are screwing you, they are screwing others as well. Once a lawsuit is filed, discovery can be conducted to get employee information, identify other employees who may have been treated like this, and include them as plaintiffs as well. And if a thing like that gets heard in front of a jury, please let me know so I can show up with some popcorn!

On the subject of the contract that they had you sign, just because you sign something doesn't make it legally binding, or enforceable. For example, precedents have been set (I don't remember which ones, but a lawyer will!) which state that in order for you to lose some rights, that the other party must give you something of value in return (think 4-5 figures, here). The more valuable a right you lose, the more they have to give you in return. :-)

So to sum up, I think you should go visit a lawyer first thing on Monday morning and tell them everything you told us.

Good luck!
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giza
Sep. 18th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: Working "off the clock" is SO illegal
Hmm, you know, I think you might be right there. Well, that sucks.

I think it would still be a good idea if the original poster found a lawyer that doesn't charge for a consultation and ran it past them. Especially if this is part of a larger pattern of abuse from that employer. The worst thing that could happen would be for the lawyer to say, "Sorry, you have no case".

(BTW, thanks for posting the link to http://www.createapro.com/ further down in the comments. I've found some rather useful stuff on the site so far.)


rs_studios
Sep. 17th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
this is what happens when people don't do homework and read contracts and ask to talk to other employees
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