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If we withdraw a proposal, do we get the 'connects' back?

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Kim F Member Since: Aug 26, 2015
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> I find that the client is masquerading as a business in a foreign country asking for work from people located only in the US. 


You are saying they're pretending not to be US-based? What do they gain from that?


> And of course, upwork does not advise taking work outside of the platform. Which I don't unless I have an already developed working relationship with the client or I know them personally.


More than advise, it's actually prohibited to take a client off-platform unless you have been working with them for over 2 years or pay the opt-out fee. Announcing you do so in public may not have been a wise move.

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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You can always flag the job. If the job is removed from the platform, you will get your connects back.

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Lavee G Member Since: Nov 24, 2018
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where I can raise the Flag, I didnt see nay flag with associated job

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Ipitec C Member Since: Apr 27, 2016
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Actually legally Upwork is not allowed to restrict the ability of freelancer to work ofline with the people that they connect with on Upwork as that is a restraint of trade. Restictive covenants that disallow individuals from working with clients offline almost always void contracts regardless of whether the clause was agreed to or not. Essentailly "Canadian courts generally consider non-competition covenants in employment contracts to be “in restraint of trade” and therefore unenforceable. Canadian courts, like many US state courts, will not enforce agreements that prevent competition by a former key employee, unless an employer can establish that the covenant is reasonable, that is, it:

  • „  Goes no further than is necessary to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests because it is reasonable in:


    • „  geographic scope; and

    • „  all other aspects (such as scope of activity covered).

  • „  Does not unduly restrain the key employee from making use of their skills and talent.

  • „  Is not contrary to the public interest."

(This article was first published in the Labour and Employee Benefits 2011/12 Volume 1 multi-jurisdictional guide)

2 years is generally seen as too long. Therefore unenforceable. 

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Prabesh D Member Since: Jul 15, 2019
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Exactly. This is what i got from someone in fiverr. I was not sure what i could do. Except block them. 

Isn't there a way to report them?

**edited for Community Guidelines**

Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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Hi Prabesh, 

If you are able to send me the user's Fiverr link through a private message, I can go ahead and look into this further. 

Let me know and I'll wait for your message!

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Asad U Member Since: Mar 2, 2019
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I agree with you. 

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Michael C Member Since: Apr 15, 2017
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Thanks for the info!
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Jefreson Z Member Since: Aug 15, 2017
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Thank you for your answer. This is my question too.

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Ahsan K Member Since: Apr 4, 2016
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If the job cancelled then your connects will be refunded