The National Writers Union Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Ebony Freelancers
The National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981 filed a lawsuit against Ebony Media Operations and its parent company, Clear View Group, LLC., for unpaid wages on behalf of dozens of freelance writers collectively owed more than $70,000The case was filed in Cook County, IL.
The lawsuit names 39 unpaid writers, editors and other creatives Ebony failed to compensate for contributions to its print or web publications. NWU President Larry Goldbetter says this action was the necessary next step in the fight to organize freelancers when publishers seek to exploit creative labor.
“Oftentimes, freelancers are at the mercy of the publications they write for,” Goldbetter said. “They often lack union protections other workers have and many are afraid of being blackballed for speaking up about nonpayment.
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