Good morning, all!

I have a problem.  I did three jobs for a reporter totaling $228.40 in early May.  She pays via Paypal every two weeks.  However, after repeated (over five) attempts to get her to pay my invoices, she has ignored every attempt I have made.  I did the work and expect to be paid.  I was given no documentation for these jobs (they were way late she she was behind in turning them in) so I don't know what agency she works for.  She works in Atlanta, GA.  Does anybody have any ideas on how I can get paid?  Thanks in advance!!

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Who is the reporter??

Tracy Goldstein out of Atlanta.  I believe she works for Elite Reporting, but they will not give me any info.

maybe contact the court reporter's board in her state and/or send to collections.

I don't know how it works in Atlanta, GA, but here in California we can ask for treble damages in small claims court.  Take her to small claims in the county where you did the job.  She has to come to you.  Also call court reporting board in her state and perhaps call District Attorney.  And for what it's worth, report to Better Business Bureau or any agency she may be affiliated with, such as a minority group if she is.   Report her on Facebook so other reporters know.  There are a few agencies like her out there and we all need to know who the bad ones are so we can stay away.  Another thing that was suggested to me, because I also wasn't paid from an agency, was to call the attorney firm you worked for and ask if they have paid the bill because you have not been paid yet.

I had a similar situation happen.  I emailed the reporter and told her that if I didn't receive payment within 10 days I would report her and her business.  On the 11th day, she emailed me with another excuse.  I contacted the BBB in her state and they told me that, unfortunately, theydo not provide assistance with labor or employment disputes.  So they gave me  the contact info for the Dept of Labor in her state.  I filled out the paperwork and sent it in.  I also contacted the court reporters board in her state.

Judy, what happened?  Who was the reporter?

Even if I think the scopist did a crappy job, I pay them and move on.  Just don't use them again.

Hi Diana,

Were you ever paid from these jobs?

No, I was not.  Sorry for the delay.  Been out of the loop!

Diana:

Can you email me?  I'm having trouble collecting from a reporter in GA and wonder if it might be the same person.

Thanks,

Stacy

stcybee@yahoo.om

I've had similar problems with two reporters. The first one said the job wasn't up to her standards and she wasn't going to pay the full rate. I had to settle for $50 less or probably not see anything at all. Second time, different reporter, promised payment over and over. Had numerous excuses. I finally received a postdated check. She then contacted me after the date it was posted and asked if I would hold it another week. I politely told her I had cashed it as was expected and to please make sure it gets covered immediately. Her response to that was calling me a not so complimentary name. Really? I think reporters should take a class in professionalism. There's something wrong. We do the work to the best of our ability, it's not up to them to decide what the service is worth. And then proceed to insult you if you remind them about paying for that service.

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