Freelance workers and hiring parties in New York City can contact the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) about:

  • Legal rights for freelance workers
  • Legal responsibilities for employers and hiring parties
  • Complaint about a hiring party, including no written contract, nonpayment or late payment, and retaliation
  • Court Navigation Program, including resources for freelance workers

You can get more information and assistance from DCWP.


By Phone

A DCWP representative can answer questions during regular business hours.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

The City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act, which became law on May 15, 2017, creates new rights, remedies, and resources for freelance workers in New York City to help ensure they are paid on time and in full.

The Freelance Isn’t Free Act:

  • Requires contracts between freelance workers and hiring parties that are worth $800 or more to be in writing.
  • Prohibits hiring parties from paying workers late or underpaying workers.
  • Protects freelance workers against retaliation for asserting their rights under the Law.

DCWP’s Office of Labor Policy and Standards (OLPS) assists with issues that impact immigrants, people of color, and women in the workplace.

In addition, OLPS:

  • Enforces key municipal workplace laws
  • Conducts original research, outreach, and education
  • Develops policies that are responsive to New York City’s evolving economy and workforce

Learn more about the Office of Labor Policy and Standards.

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