Let's say I am running a platform for freelancers to find work - a bit like Upwork or Freelancer.

Each worker is assigned a job and only the client and website admins know the price - but not the actual person doing the job - the freelancer.

I think it is illegal to not disclose the pay for each job they do but I'm not exactly sure.

Can you provide references?

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    Why would it be illegal? Does a store tell its retail customers what it pays the wholesaler for products? Feb 24 at 15:00
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    Do you mean that the freelancer doesn't know how much he/she is being paid until the payment arrives? Feb 24 at 15:13
  • @GerardAshton yes you are right
    – test902432
    Feb 24 at 15:46
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    @test902432 it's not illegal to enter into such a vague contract that doesn't clearly stipulate pay, but it is stupid on the part of the freelancer. Feb 24 at 15:56
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    Why would a freelancer participate without knowing the pay before they started ? Is there a published algorithm for determine pay or an agreed upon minimum ? Feb 24 at 15:56

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Every contract requires there to be "consideration", which means each party is obliged to offer something valuable in exchange for whatever valuable thing the other party is to provide. In the simplest case, that would be money in exchange for labor. Often, providers do not disclose in advance what the cost to the customer will be. They may give some clues such as "we charge $100 per hour, depending on the complexity of the job", but often and especially with medical services contracts you have a relatively open-ended obligation to pay for their services. When the contract isn't explicit about the required payment, the courts will limit the charges to whatever is reasonable. That varies, depending on whether the service is lawn-mowing vs. contract-drafting.

A contract is not invalidated if a party is imprecise about the compensation that they are offering. Instead, the court would reason that Mr. Fogarty, being a sensible person, would not agree to pay the kid down the block $1,000 for mowing his lawn. There might be a consumer-protection law in the particular state that requires service contracts to disclose minute details about contracts, but in this case this is not a consumer contract (unless in that state the legislature has deemed Task Rabbit type workers to be "consumers"). So it could easily be legal.

However, your question seems to be about what is legal for the website, not the parties to the contract. This website simply connects potential parties to a separate contract. Actually, in ever job that I have held, the compensation was not specified in the advertisement, it was a matter settled between me qua service-provider and the employer. Sometimes advertisements hint at pay range, usually that info comes later, and it is completely legal to offer to treat with no hint what the compensation is.

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