Stop the hidden exploitation of home-based Medical Transcriptionists in MT Services (MTSO)

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Kyra Collins
Jul 30, 2021
This is a needed skill set and should be fairly recompensed.

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Shirley Janes
Jul 27, 2021
I have worked in this field for almost 20 years and watched and experienced the horrible way we are treated while expecting the same quality of work for next to nothing pay. We have to have schooling and training to do what we do and we deserve better.

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just my opinion
1 year ago
One of the biggest things that needs to be done in my opinion is challenging them on their independent contractor status legality. I am about to file a complaint on a company I worked for for a few months. They demanded that I only work on xx account and not yy account along with all other kinds of demands that do not align well with independent contractor status. Many of them are "ruling" as if they were employers with demands on what types of work "we must do", what kind of work they don't want us doing, when we should do the work, demanding that we do jobs that pay $4.00 an hour ultimately, etc. There are certain rules that must be followed in order to maintain the independent contractor status via the IRS and state and federal regulations and I don't think many of them meet these.

Most of them are offering wages equivalent to $8-12 an hour at best, and below $3-5 an hour at worst, and this is before SSI and taxes are paid. These are not legal wages and they try to avoid any responsibility by having us sign "independent contractor" agreements, which, by the way, mean absolutely nothing in the eyes of the law if they do not meet the standard and actually are acting as "employers".

I wish everyone good luck because too many people just bite the bullet and bury their heads in the sand. I think legal challenges to IC status may be a good way to start.

I would also like to demand to know what the MTSO is being paid for the work I do for them. We should all have access to that knowledge so we can see exactly what they are making.

Is Nuance and Aquity control over IC's work legal? another question. I was supposedly "cut off of work" by Nuance for literally 1 critical error (a lab value that had a period in the middle I didn't see). Aquity has a 2 error limit. How legal is this in terms of IC status? And guess who pays the penalty if this voids the IC status? The employer, not Nuance or Aquity.

How about the contracts that say they will deduct $$ for errors? Can't be legal for IC status at all.

Assigning jobs to individuals is actually illegal under IC status. We have the right to choose what work we will do and won't do. Cherry picking is an old term no longer applicable. We certainly have the right to refuse to do an ESL who takes 3-4 minutes per dictated minute or a slurrer or whatever we choose to refuse, yet our jobs are in jeopardy if we complain or refuse.

I personally have stopped doing jobs that I am not being paid well for and if I get let go, well, I will just have to file a complaint and see what happens. In my situation, they are paying 80 cents a report with numerous, and i mean numerous 3-6 minute jobs and some 7-12 minute jobs. Not even per minute. Not doing it. Not working for $1.60 to $3.20 an hour, sorry.

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Louise Quintero
1 year ago
I am signing because I was replaced by an Indonesian transcription company that charged 3 cents a line and had a 30-day turn around time. At the hospital I worked at we had a 1-2 hr turnaround time with 99% accuracy.

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Janet Faught
1 year ago
I am signing because America's jobs must stay in America!

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Mary Thornberry
1 year ago
I signed this because the pay is too low. The work needs to stay in the United States. Also, when you work for a company, that company needs to pay its employees instead of ex-employees and present employees being in some cases 6 checks unpaid. If the company does not pay its employees, then that company does not need to be in business.

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Thomas Thornberry
1 year ago
Pay people what they’re worth!

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Pam Beardsley
2 years ago
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Doris Drake
2 years ago
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Crystal DeVelis
2 years ago
Too late for me, but I hope it helps those who still work for the sweat shops of Nuance, MModal and other organizations who have manipulated the pay structure to drop compensation rates so much that what used to be a profitable career is now less than minimum wage -- for the same level of expertise.