Ex-Employer is not abiding by the terms of the contract I signed

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    Ex-Employer is not abiding by the terms of the contract I signed

    Before I begin let me first say I am not here to be judged by those who do not know why I chose my profession, nor am I here to debate the moral aspects of it. I am here for legal advice only. Thank you for keeping things civil and polite, much appreciated.

    In 2009 I began working as a "cam girl" on an adult website; for privacy reasons I will not be announcing my "stage name" or which website I was working for. I very carefully read the legal agreement between myself and the website before giving it my "virtual signature". The contract clearly stated, multiple times, that any content that I posted was done voluntarily and that, while employed through the company, could be used in any manner the website wished. It also stated, however, that I was sole owner of said content and should I discontinue working for this website/company that any and all content would be removed upon request.

    I stopped working on the website in 2010 at which point I discovered my employer, the owner of the website, was not especially professional. I gave two weeks notice as I felt this would give him time to search for another person to bring in revenue to his website; when he received my letter of resignation he became irate stating I was hurting him financially and suddenly I no longer had access to the website or any of its contents, not even my own. Not only did he withhold my final check he also refused to take down my pictures. I contacted a friend whose husband is a lawyer and he was kind enough to take care of it, quickly and discreetly, my pictures were taken down and my final check was sent to me. Naturally the entire check went to paying the lawyer (and that was a generous discount he gave me), but I was happy that my content had been removed from the site and all was well.

    Unfortunately the owner of this website, assuming I would never check up on him again I suppose, has put my content back up. I do not make enough to hire a lawyer at this time. Worse, though, is that the owner of this site has begun selling my private information. This is how I came to discover my content was posted once more; I was contacted, by phone, by a former customer who suddenly knew my real name and address.

    What can I do?

    Sincerely regretting what I felt was a viable option as employment when stuck between a rock and a hard place.


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    No judgment here.

    Your problem is two-fold. Unfortunately obtaining a cease and desist order and lawsuit for damages really requires a lawyer. I would contact the original lawyer and try to work out a percentage deal on a lawsuit. I would also change my phone number and if you live in an apartment, consider moving. You should also consider purchasing a stun gun for your home and pepper spray for your purse if legal.

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    Thank you very much for your reply.

    Moving is not an option at this point; I have am mortgage in my condo and putting it up for sale isn't viable with the market as it is right now. I have been carrying pepper spray and a stun gun since I found out that my ex-employer began selling my information. I still cannot fathom him being that unprofessional, especially considering what a large percentage of income went into his pocket. In the meantime my phone number is in the process of being changed, my facebook profile has been made private, etc.

    I've contacted a lawyer to see what my options are at this point.

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    You can sue the opposing party for damages but that will be hard for you to do without hiring an attorney. There are many of these cam sites and cam girls out there so I am not sure why he is taking this so personally.
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