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How do I get paid for work done for a client who has not paid into escrow for it?

  • I could not find the following clicks for filing a dispute on an ended contract 
  1. Go to My Jobs and click on View Request in the Ended Contracts.
  2. Choose Do Not Approve and click Next.
  3. Specify a reason for the dispute and give details to support your claim that the work is complete and payment due. Explain the situation so the dispute specialist understands your claim: Had I been able to do so, here is what I would have reported:  The reason for freelancer George Hook’s dispute with client***Edited for Community Guidelines*** is that freelancer completed work and submitted it to client within the time therefor and was in the process of completing the entire project timely by submitting the remaining deliverables when the client “terminated” the contract without payment for the work freelancer had submitted, and without funding the escrow therefor and other work that freelancer was about to submit to complete the project timely, client’s conduct being without explanation and without just cause.  In sum, client breached the contract, thereby cheating freelancer out of compensation for the extensive work that freelancer had done for client.  A review of this client’s projects record suggests that this is a common pattern of this client with other freelancers who have begun work. In the course of looking beyond Upwork for information about this client, I discovered her variously as***Edited for Community Guidelines*** piecing these together by test and photos at***Edited for Community Guidelines****where she purporst to have beev educated as a lawyer, a nurse, avd dispute resolution expert, and facebook, most interestingly, where she purports to have been involved as a Former Hair & Makeup Designer at***Edited for Community Guidelines***all within a time frame so to make it all and her, or who ever is using her identkty, very suspicious.  I wanted to file a suspicous activity report with Upwork, but, like the dispute, I could not find the appropriate clicks to do so.  I suspect what she does with respect to the writing she gathers for her Upwork project, the Paralegal Handbook, is get what she can from each freelancer to the point where they either give up because of the impossibility of her templates, or where, as in my case, I submit the content and she terminates without paying for it.  This suspicion is bolstered by her having provided me with intros, outlines and snippets of samples, including some outlines so complete that I had to wonder why I was being asked to provide the content for them instead of the persons who did the outlines. After termination of my contract, i concluded that another explanation might be that offering me these other opportunities to do content upon covclusion of my foreclosure and evictiov project was just a come on to encourage me to complete what she had made an almost impossible project with all the obstacles of her templates.  So to what end is the work that she underpay for, or outright steals?  I suppose she could use it for courses she is to teach a t***Edited for Community Guidelines***.  I have yet to check Amazon to see whether she has such a book, or any other for sale there.   
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petra_r
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Do NOT write a wall of text like that anywhere, it makes anyone's eyes bleed. Do not talk about yourself in the third person, you are (presumably) neither Elizabeth II nor Julius Caesar.

 

That said:

 

What happened (without a wall of waffle?)

 

Fixed rate contract or hourly?

 

If hourly, did you log your time?

If fixed rate, WAS IT FULLY FUNDED? If it was NOT funded, you can not dispute.

 

In future, do not work on unfunded milestones.

 

Re: How do I get paid for work done for a client who has not paid into escrow for it?

 

In short: You don't. Feel free to sue the client if you like, but there is nothing Upwork can do.

Thanks Petra.  I suspected there would be no way to recover what was owed me on this contract. My main

focus was to get my circumstance out there so that it was of record, primarily for other freelancers so that they would not be scammed by this client and also not proceed with unfunded milestones as I did.  To that end, a little eye bleeding might be beneficial.


@George H wrote:

Thanks Petra.  I suspected there would be no way to recover what was owed me on this contract. My main

focus was to get my circumstance out there so that it was of record, primarily for other freelancers so that they would not be scammed by this client and also not proceed with unfunded milestones as I did.  To that end, a little eye bleeding might be beneficial.


 Haha, my eye-bleed was more due to the wall of text... If you want people to read your posts you may want to make them want to read them, which includes use of paragraphs...

 

I really am sorry this has happened to you, but at least it won't likely happen to you again 🙂

Hi George,

 

You can PM me with a link to the job and we can review the client's activity.

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Hi,

Can someone please check the activity of a client? He hasn't paid in full for work done. He has a verified payment method here. He is very unresponsive and wouldn't even end the contract himself (& ending it seemed to have affected my JSS which dropped to 88% from 100%). 

Checking the past jobs posted, there are closed jobs that are still listed as "job in progress". And it seems he has the same job posted as open and hiring someone else again. Just feel that he may be taking advantage of freelancers here- asking for discounts and underpaying and jumping to the next freelancer paying a lot less since a great part of the job's already done.

Hi Nick,

Did you submit your work on the milestone created for you? If yes, please don`t resubmit your work again, it will reset your days.
If no actions are taken on the payment request the funds will be transfer on your account after 14 days.
Fell free to send me a PM with the contract ID and our team will investigate this further.

~ Goran
Upwork


@Goran V wrote:


Did you submit your work on the milestone created for you? If yes, please don`t resubmit your work again, it will reset your days.
If no actions are taken on the payment request the funds will be transfer on your account after 14 days.


 The contract has ended. When a freelancer ends a contract, any funds left in Escrow are returned to the client.

 

Nick, didn't "$363 Total Spent on 34 Hires give you any pause for thought?"

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