I took an evening hearing job for an agency who listed their assignment on Cover Depo NY in early May (who will remain anonymous at the present time).
Turns out the job expedited ~ I got it to them on the date requested.
They never told me before taking the assignment they had specific margins. They asked me to change them the day I delivered it, when I was at another job, and after emailing me several times to do so while I was at my job and unable to do it, they said they spent four hours (the job was 49 pages!!!) doing it and were going to charge me for doing the changes. When I protested they told me I should sue them. While they maintain a NY addy and phone #, they are actually out of Texas!!!!
FYI, I STILL have not been paid. Wonder if anyone has had similar dealings and if anyone has suggestions.
This is also a warning as they are again posting ads looking for reporters.
Any feedback is welcome.

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Comment by Rosalie DeLeonardis on July 23, 2009 at 10:04
What is the name of the firm so I know not to respond? You can e-mail me personally at
Thank you for the information, and I'm glad you were paid.
P.S. I was put in that same situation where the owner tried to lower my pay, to be left nameless because she ended up paying me the full amount because she didn't want any bad blood. Basically what I told her was I did her a favor by taking the job, since they had only called probably once a year around holiday time. I also told her that when I was called I stated I was very busy on my own transcript, the calendar person asked if I could please do it, it was going to be only two hours, so I agreed. Needless to say the job went all day. She tried telling me she thought I would know the protocol when turning in a job late that we only make 60 percent. There was an issue on turning in. I actually turned in on the 11th day, at that time it was 10-day turnaround, and she tried telling me I turned it in on the 14th. I argued that one also, but, like I said, she did send me the rest of my money.
Comment by Premier Reporting on July 23, 2009 at 9:20
I guess she feels powerful taking $13.30 off my bill. Either that or she's really in need of $13.30.
Comment by Premier Reporting on July 23, 2009 at 9:19
Hi all, and thanks for all your comments.
This is to update everyone on the status of this job and non-payment.
I finally got paid, and she felt obliged to deduct .35 per page (38 pages!!!!) for her claim the job was late (bs) and her reformatting charges. Since she never told me there was a specific format I highly objected to her reformatting fees and the fact that the job got to the client on the date I sent it to her, which was NOT late is a load of ...BUT I have been paid and WOULD NOT RECOMMEND working for this woman.
If anyone is thinking about it just be forewarned as she posts on here for reporters a lot. She's N-A-S-T-Y.
Cheers, and happy summer to all!!!!!!!!!
Comment by C Cipolla on June 6, 2009 at 9:36
Check out this website... and the Massachusetts legislation against wage theft. I'm surprised employers would hire and not pay... but it's not just happening to court reporters... it's happening to a lot of low wage workers too.
Comment by Premier Reporting on June 4, 2009 at 14:45
isn't it though? Expedite, night job, hearing...ugh.
49 pages of muckety-muck and no payment?
Comment by Rhoda Collins on June 4, 2009 at 14:43
Ok, that really is awful!!!! I hope they pay you and will be ethical. Good luck!
Comment by Quyen on June 3, 2009 at 16:58
If you are suing for payment, the venue applies to the place where the work (contract) was performed. I've posted about how to attempt to collect in Lisa's blog. She did it and got paid. :)

Good luck!
Comment by Premier Reporting on June 3, 2009 at 14:46
oops, out there!
Comment by Premier Reporting on June 3, 2009 at 14:45
The mad-crazy thing is this firm uses this forum to get reporters and then doesn't pay them??? Ugh. I did speak with Monti - he's incredible! I am hopeful this person, who will remain anonymous until I deem that they are indeed NOT paying me (I'm being generous and giving them 30 days to pay) will step up to the plate and do the right thing by paying me. We'll see. In the meantime and in between time I want others out there to know that she is out they perhaps preying on an unsuspecting reporter AGAIN as she listed several job offers just yesterday.
Comment by Rosalie DeLeonardis on June 3, 2009 at 14:37
Hopefully somebody reading this will be able to direct you in the right direction to sue. But since the job was in New York, and the law firm was in New York who is paying the Texas firm, wouldn't the venue for suing be in New York and the firm would have to come to New York? Did you tell them that you don't have to adhere to Texas formatting since it was not in Texas? Good luck.

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