California, Culture, Explaining life in the USA, over7seas, Trying life in America
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Trying out life in California / USA :

After having been invited to a job 3 days a week with healthcare before I even arrived in the US (yay) the job turned into just weekends and no healthcare, then the company couldn’t actually hire staff until further notice and now they are excited to hire me for 8 hours (naturally without healthcare). This process took 3 months so far.. (not that I am waiting only for them, I have other projects I am busy with but I find this a curious example of how to handle not yet employees.. what does this promise for the future working relationship?) Anyhow this has turned into a zero hour contract job and then as I am trying to fill in my details (on a 3rd party site! OBJECTION!) I find that I can not really proceed until I sign the below document release form…
As a part-time photographer I am familiar with model release forms and this one is on a whole new level. I would never ask anybody to sign such a dreadful thing.
Who would sign such a monstrosity? For a non-career-enhancing-job, for minimum pay with basically a zero hour contract..
Below is a copy of the exact text (with the name of the employer changed to ‘name of employer’) of the employee release form required to sign so that employment can commence.
“I, the undersigned, do hereby consent and agree that ‘name of employer’, its employees, or agents have the right to take photographs, videotape, or digital recordings of me during my employment at glassybaby and to use these in any and all media, now or hereafter known, and exclusively for the purpose of ‘name of employer’.
I do hereby release to ‘name of employer’, its agents, and employees all rights to exhibit this work in print and electronic form publicly or privately and to market and sell copies.”
{Hang on SELL copies of my face!?}
“I waive any rights, claims, or interest I may have to control the use of my identity or likeness in whatever media used.”
{They want me to sign away my rights to my identity? What, really!?}
“I understand that there will be no financial or other remuneration for recording me, either for initial or subsequent transmission or playback”
Who would sign such a thing to get a poorly paid job with no job-security …? etc etc…
(not that I think anybody would actually create a postcard or poster of my face. But it is outright wrong to demand this level of limitless permission from any prospective employee. It is undignified.)

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