I did some freelance work for a well-known company that publishes some very respectable (yeah, right) magazines last March, May and June (2001). The work I performed was food styling and recipe development. After having been told I'd get paid for my services after 60 days, I, reasonably, expected payment. I didn't get paid for the first job until the end of July and am still waiting for the work I did in May and June. I've been lied to, promised payment and only recieved a small check for a little portion of the services I provided. Meanwhile, this dirtbag company is using the photos and recipes right and left! After 60 days, I started adding a 5% late fee to each bill for every 30 days they remained past due.
Last month I filed suit in NYC small claims court to, hopefully, get paid. I wrote a letter to the editor-in-chief asking, one last time, for my pay and suggested that it would save us all a lot of time and trouble if they would just send a check for all the charges. As yet, no reply.
I'd like to warn all potential stylists and developers out there of the sleazy tactics employed by this company and also to suggest to any pastry chefs or bakers that if they are approached to have their work published, they should ask for pay up front. I warn you!! Do not give away your talents for free! These dirtbags think they can use your talent and ability to fill up pages in their magazines without having to pay you for it!!!!!
It's a matter of public record at this point. If you can't figure out who it is, just ask. I'm just ticked-off enough to tell!!!!