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Do staff have to submit photos for use on a company website?

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Do staff have to submit photos for use on a company website? I'm a contractor, does this make a difference? Company is in California. I'm British and not familiar with US law. It is a record company - groups are not going to sign deals based on staff photos and I work in royalties. I'm not photogenic, am older than most staff but the issue is more on principle than my ego.
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Unfortunately, as you may suspect, employment protections differ dramatically between western Europe and the United States. And, since you're an independent contractor rather than an employee, they are virtually non-existent.

That said, no one can force you to submit photos of yourself against your will unless there is a provision in your contract that states that you are required to do so.

However, your independent contractor agreement could, theoretically, be terminated by the company if you refuse to provide them with a photo.

That is an extremely unlikely situation, but it is possible, as long as your contract doesn't have a provision stating that the agreement could only be terminated 'for cause.' In that case, failing to provide a company with a photo for a website is almost certainly not going to be considered a sufficient cause to terminate your contractor agreement.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanx - I'll probably wait and see how persistent they are. I've been doing their royalties for 7 years and it is a skills shortage area, so I doubt they will fire me over it but it is probably easier to just swallow my principles and do the photo. Yes, employment rights are much better in the UK.

Thank you; happy to help and best of luck!

I do very much doubt that they will terminate your contract for not giving them a photo. I think the worse you're likely to experience would be persistent hounding to provide them with one.
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