Translator's livelihood destroyed by AB5

As an independent contractor I have been a freelance translator & interpreter in California for 20 years, member of the American Translators Association. It took me 20 years of hard work to build up my clientele, and one signature to lose it all on January 1, 2020, by the new labor law, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5). The effects of AB5 will be devastating on our industry and on me personally. My 50+ agency clients will not hire me as an employee and I will no longer be contracted to service my clients as an independent contractor unless I get incorporated or leave California. The financial and administrative burden is tremendous. I received cut-off notices from my clients just before Christmas, and have already lost most of my livelihood overnight. Lawmakers made no exemption for translators and interpreters; this destructive and nonsensical law takes "free" out of freelance. I am asking for help to raise enough to survive this immediate threat to my livelihood. I will be very grateful for your support.


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