Government Contact Information

Where Complaints are Filed

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Arizona

Industrial Commission, Labor Division
For Wage Claims & Child Labor Problems
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Director:  Orlando Macias
Telephone:  (602) 542-4515
Fax:  (602) 542-8097

"The Department investigates complaints against unlicensed businesses allegedly charging fees to individuals."

http://www.ica.state.az.us/FAQs/labor/private_employment_agencies.html#

Private Employment Agency Complaint Form

California

Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE)
455 Golden Gate Avenue, 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 703-4810

The DLSE is the government agency responsible for granting and revoking talent agency licenses. It also has original jurisdiction to deal with complaints against talent agencies (licensed or not), e.g., modeling agencies which charge fees for classes or photography.

http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlse.html

District offices
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/DistrictOffices.htm

DLSE Complaint Form
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlsepetition.pdf

Talent agency license database

The Legal Office is open Mon, Wed, Fri.
415-703-4810

Miles Locker is the main state attorney who makes administrative rulings in disputes between models and agents. He can be contacted to discuss complicated issues before proceedings.

Sample earlier cases:
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/DLSE-TACs.htm

Los Angeles

Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
Mark Lambert, Deputy City Attorney
800 City Hall East
200 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 978-8070

http://atty.lacity.org/index.htm

Mark Lambert has a lot of experience investigating and prosecuting modeling scams and talent scams in LA, at least since the late 1990s, but he also had a case in 2004. (See City Attorney, Screen Actors Guild Warn Actors of SAG Membership Scams and Los Angeles Man Convicted in SAG Voucher Scam Ordered to Pay ....) His other earlier cases included Flashcast Kids, Malibu Talent, and Christopher Valentino. He has spoken for the city and been quoted in news reports about scams (see Backstage.com).

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office Consumer Protection

Consumer Protection Division
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
201 N. Figueroa Street
Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA. 90012

Phone: (213) 580-3273
lada@co.la.ca.us
http://da.co.la.ca.us/cpd/

Marin County District Attorney's Office
http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/DA/main/index.cfm

"The Consumer Protection Unit is responsible for handling a broad spectrum of consumer protection activities. Its focus is to protect honest citizens from fraudulent or dishonest business practices."

http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/da/main/dist/ConsumerMain.cfm

Office of the District Attorney
Consumer Protection
3501 Civic Center Dr.
Hall of Justice, Room 130
San Rafael, Ca. 94903

Marin County Of, District Attorney, Investigators
(415) 499-6450

Download Complaint Form

Illinois

Illinois Department of Labor
Fair Labor Standards Division/Private Employment Agency Section
160 N. LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 793-2810

Janice Brewer, Licensing Staff
Illinois Dept of Labor
(312) 793-2810

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Office

Office of Attorney General
Consumer Protection Bureau
500 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62706

"If you’ve been victimized by fraud, deception, or unfair methods of competition, the Consumer Protection Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s office may be able to help. Although our attorneys cannot represent an individual in a lawsuit, our limited mediation program can assist in resolving disputes or complaints filed by individual consumers."

Consumer Complaint Form

Maryland

Division of Labor and Industry
1100 N. Eutaw St. - Room 606
Baltimore, MD 21201
TEL: (410) 767-2228
FAX: (410) 767-2220

http://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/empa.html

New Jersey

Regulated Business Section
New Jersey Dept of Consumer Affairs
973-504-6370

The RBS regulates modeling agencies. If you call their office they can tell you if a modeling agency has a license, how many complaints it has received, and whether these were resolved.

Consumer Complaint Form
http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/ocp/ocpform.htm

See also http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/home.htm

New York

New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
42 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/contact.html

"The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) enforces the City Consumer Protection Law, Licensing Laws, and the New York State Weights and Measures Law, among other laws that safeguard consumers and punish fraudulent businesses."

. . . if you find a business violating City consumer protection laws, including license requirements…

File a complaint with DCA! You can…

"When filling out the complaint form, include any documentation requested on the form, and fax (212-487-4282) or mail all materials to:

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
Complaints
42 Broadway, 8th floor
New York NY 10004.

Once all materials have been sent, a DCA mediator will contact you.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/resolve.html

North Carolina

Harriet Worley
Assistant Attorney General
N.C. Department of Justice
Post Office Box 629
Raleigh, NC 27602

(919) 716-6000

Harriet Worley did the case against Face National Models and Talent, a photo mill scam. She used to work for the FTC. You can also contact Patricia Jones, a Consumer Protection Specialist at the North Carolina Department of Justice.

Pennsylvania

Department of Labor and Industry
Problems With Private Employment Agencies
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Call Linda: (717) 787-4134

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=552102&mode=2

Linda asks for documents regarding your complaint and will put her investigators to work.

Texas

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12157
Austin , Texas 78711

(512) 463-7364

Email contact info:
http://www.license.state.tx.us/talent/talent.htm

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How do I file a complaint against a licensee?

Report Violations Online

The TDLR accepts complaints against licensed and unlicensed agencies operating in Texas. They review complaints and assign them to an investigator. Prosecutors, after they find violations, get to work. Typically the TDLR imposes fines and gets restitution.

Virginia

Attorney General's Office

Consumer Assistance
http://www.oag.state.va.us/CONSUMER/index.html

Consumer Fraud
http://www.vaag.com/CONSUMER/CONSUMER_FRAUD/index.html

"As consumer counsel, the Attorney General has authority to enforce our state and some federal consumer protection laws. Where the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe there is a pattern or practice of deception, or other wrongdoing, in violation of any of those laws, the Attorney General may bring an enforcement action to stop the illegal conduct and may seek refunds for affected consumers."

If you would like to file a complaint or determine if any complaints have been filed against a particular company, you may:

  • call OCA toll-free in Virginia at 1-800-552-9963 (786-2042 locally in the Richmond area).
  • write to Office of Consumer Affairs, 1100 Bank Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Official Consumer Complaint Form (OCA-1) (88KB)

West Virginia

Attorney General's Office
Consumer Protection Division

". . . enforcing the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act."

http://www.wvs.state.wv.us/wvag/consumer/

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