A freelance worker is any individual hired by another person or company to provide services.
A hiring party is any individual or business, other than a government entity, who hires a freelance worker.
Freelancer services may be commonly referred to as:
- side or contingent work
- working on contract or spec
- alternative arrangements
Whether or not you are an "independent contractor" depends on a variety of factors and the nature of your work arrangement. You can contact DCWP if you have questions about your qualifications as a freelance worker, independent contractor, or employee.
You have rights regardless of your immigration status.
Your rights as a freelance worker include:
- Written contract. All contracts worth $800 or more must be in writing.
- Timely payment. The hiring party must pay you for all completed work. You must receive payment on or before the date that is in the contract.
- Freedom from Retaliation. It is illegal for a hiring party to penalize, threaten, blacklist, or otherwise deter workers from exercising their rights.
- Right to File a Complaint. You can file a complaint with DCWP.
Click "Learn More" to learn more about your rights or learn how to file a complaint.
Last Reviewed: September 12, 2023