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How do I complain about a freelancer?

I want to complain and report a freelancer, please advise


If you roughly describe the situation (without naming names or adding personal details), we can tell you how (and indeed if) you can report what happened.

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Hi David,


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As Petra said, feel free to post here in the Community about your situation so that we can check. You can also send me a private message with the details of your complaint and I'll make sure to escalate it to the correct department.


Thank you.

~ Aleksandar

Petra is right.

The best thing for you to do is to explain your situation a little more so we know what is going on.


There are situations in which it may be appropriate to file a formal complaint or report a freelancer, and situations where it is not appropriate.


We don't know if your freelancer asked you to pay her off-platform and scammed you out of thousands of dollars, or if your freelancer wore a T-shirt promoting a football team you don't like during a Zoom call.


As a general concept:

You, as the client, ALWAYS have the right to close a contract (meaning: you fire the freelancer). So... NOT filing a complaint about something you don't like is always an option.


If a freelancer does something you don't like, your options are:

- end the contract, without telling the freelancer why

- end the contract, while explaining to the freelancer what you didn't like

- don't end the contract, but ask the freelancer not to do that again

- don't end the contract, and don't say anything; tolerate the behavior


Complaining formally to Upwork would typically only be done if the freelancer did something that clearly violates Upwork TOS (Terms of Service, the rules).


But firing a freelancer or asking her to change her behavior does not need to be based on Upwork rules. That can be based on your own preferences.

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