• Report: #566011

Complaint Review: California Psychics

  • Submitted: Sun, February 07, 2010
  • Updated: Wed, November 02, 2011

  • Reported By: Gypsy — Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
California Psychics
6725 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 500, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California United States of America
  • Phone: 323.960.1568
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California Psychics Outlook Amusements Refused to pay for freelance work after work was accepted and terms agreed upon. Then became insulting. Los Angeles, California

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: FREELANCER PAID IN FULL

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I can relate

*Author of original report: Case Settled and closed

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I was hired to write freelance articles and blog for California Psychics in October. I wrote and submitted many articles and blogs in the next two months following. Although it took some time, the first two paychecks came approximately a month after invoice submission. I was asked by Suzanne Baran, editor, to write three specific articles. I had and submitted them along with one pitched article. No paycheck arrived.


I contacted Suzanne and she said it was sent. A few weeks later I contacted Suzanne to find out my services were no longer needed and they were changing direction in using in house writers. I was told I would be issued a kill fee for the articles that I had already written. The kill fee was for articles pitched, not for the ones that were specifically asked by her to write. Suzanne agreed to pay the money owed. When the check finally arrived, it was for the kill fees and not the amount agreed on.


When I emailed Suzanne about this she was rude and told me she made a mistake in agreeing and refuses to pay up. She criticized my work, which while working for her she had nothing but praise in all her emails regarding my work. She then sent an email where she said I agreed to the kill fee. An email she actually cut and pasted a reply out from other emails! I had all the correspondance saved  and sent her the original email with her agreeing, pointing out how unprofessional she was for doing such a thing. I can't believe she actually manufactured an email to prove her lie?


When I pointed out the lie she told me our correspondance is over and my emails would go to junk mail. California Psychics only owes me $75.00 now. It may not be a windfall, but it gets us through hard times. I can't turn my back on this for two reasons. I deserve to be paid for my work, especially when I was asked to do it and to make sure this does not happen to someone else when there is more money involved.


 


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#1 REBUTTAL Individual responds

FREELANCER PAID IN FULL

AUTHOR: Ms. B - (United States of America)

This freelancer refused to sign a contract at the time. But the company agreed to pay her in full and has since paid her. She received the funds and never rescinded her public complaints.
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I can relate

AUTHOR: Joey - (United States of America)

Hi, I am sorry you had that problem, but I am not surprised.  I worked for this company for five years, wrote articles as a psychic and never got paid.  I was told by Ms. Baran I should be getting paid.  I then told my manager this, and she told Suzanne Baran, who then told her I was not producing the quality of work that gets paid.  I have a Writing degree and an extensive background in the metapsychical arts.  But this is the least of it. I began having phone problems.  The last a month and a half, my phone was hanging up on clients, with CP saying it was on my end.  I had the phone company here six times,  I couldn't work and was getting the run around.  No one fixed my problem, even though I had been there 5 years and had a great connect with clients.  They placated me.  They are a group of Hollywood wanniebes, from the owners down to management.  They couldn't care less about anyone who is a contractor. Regardless of anyone's stance on psychics, I devoted my time, energy and care to this organization, only to be left with a lowered bank account, stress and hyper concern about my day to day survival.  I believe I helped a lot of people, who would otherwise not seek therapy.  CP and co. are like a dsyfunctional family, with no-one communicating and seeking self satisfaction.  I had so many carrots dangled in front of me, with no follow through.  I was promised a trip at their expense for promo reasons.  As the time approached, guess what?!  My "stats" were not good enough to fund such a trip.  Within one week, I was told I had NO ONE asking for refunds, and then another manager calls and tells me I had a huge amount of people asking for refunds.  They are crazy making, abusive and want you to work for pennies on the dollar. They are users who do not care about their workers.  The owners are Hollywood producers/"artists," who really don't have time for this turn key operation. I had the same experience with Ms. Baran as a writer.  I was awesome, etc.  And then, she would be rude, dismissive, etc.  I made the company over $200,000 in revenue and saw about $23,000 of this.(per year)  They simply do not care.  They displayed this lack of empathy during this crucible with the phone, even after it was determined the problem was not AT&T's, but a call center somplace between NE and the East Coast.  I remained calm in thinking my issue would be fixed, and a month and half went by. A parade of phone guys came in and out of my house and left as baffled and befuddled as I was.  It was a mess that left me in a hole.  I facebook emailed the owner Tim Youd, who, of course ignored me.  I would advise people not to work for them.  I am sure there are other people on the line, who work hard and are good at what they do.  How else could such inept people make so much money?  Joey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Case Settled and closed

AUTHOR: Gypsy - (Canada)

I recieved an email from the upper management of California Psychics, He has agreed to pay me what was owed.They will be sending it Fed Ex. I also asked for an apology from Suzanne Baran, I thought it was only right. I recieved something that resembled one.

So case closed.

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