Asian Home Worker not Getting Paid by US Company - What can they do?

I know an Asian person who has been working from home (in Asia) for a US company. The US based company has not paid for quite a lot of the work done. It appears that the US company has strung the worker along for quite some time, promising payment “soon”. The Asian worker kept working for some weeks, in the hope of getting paid but has now realised that the company has no intention of paying.

The person concerned does not have the financial resource to instigate an international legal action against their employer.

Have you any suggestions as to what this Asian worker can do, to increase their chances of getting paid?

Complain loudly on every related forum she can find.

That’s about it, all she has is negative PR on her side and I doubt any media source would be interested in championing the case of an outsourced worker in this economy.

What country is the vendor in?
What state is the company in?
What is the value of the amount owed?

Thanks for the replies.

The vendor is in The Philippines and is owed circa $2,500. A few of her friends and family have worked for the same company, but they are owed less.

I’ll send you a PM with the State the company is in.

For $2,500 it will be hard to collect through legal channels and collections will generally balk at this kind of transaction.

Assuming this is a sound transaction with some sort of agreement, etc. they can still pursue the money. They first need to find out why the client isn’t paying. Check their status with the Secretary of State, check them out, etc. If they are heading towards bankruptcy and decided to stop paying bills, it’s over. If they are struggling with cash flow, that is more promising.

Then they need to see if they can find a domestic person to act as their agent, to help communications. This makes a huge difference as a 7000 mile buffer is just going to bring ‘the check is in the mail’. I have helped overseas vendors with this kind of thing just with a few phone calls and emails.

If the client is short on cash and late on lots of bills, they need to find a way to increase their standing with the client. They can offer easy payments, do them a quick website fix here and there if they’ll send $350/month, etc.

If it was more money it would actually be easier, but there are still things they can do. I would advice them to act quickly, though. If a struggling company is not paying your bills, there is always the chance they’ll just default on everything. I got screwed that way once, but only once!

Thanks for the excellent advice Sagewing. I’ve passed it on to the person concerned and will post back here when she has made some progress, or not as the case my be.

Great advice Sagewing! I’m also a Filipino and I know how sad to encounter this problems. I hope they can fixed this soon! My sister client also done this before. But they resolve it due to a good communication … So aim that in order to fix that problem!

$2.5k is a lot already for Filipinos…like almost a year wage for casual workers.

Forcing payment from a recalcitrant international
party is really tough and very expensive.

You can complain but don’t plan on seeing any
money any time soon