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There is typically no legal protection against a hostile work environment for independent contractors in this situation.
However, state law normally implies a duty of good faith and fair dealing. This cause of action is typically viable where one party breaches the contract
and does so in bad faith.
Since government entities are notorious for slow payment, this would typically not give rise to a breach unless your agreement indicates the timing of payment and the government is not abiding by those terms.
If they are breaching the agreement in some other manner, then you may have a cause of action for breach which would require the assistance of a local contract or employment law attorney to first draft a demand letter or suit will be filed against the entity.
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