I refused a sexual relationship with my boss, he refused to pay me for my work

Published: December 6, 2016
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He told me that the job was very simple and easy and he would pay me $600 for it.

If you’re working as a freelance writer, you’re bound to meet and work with people belonging to different cultures and mentalities. To maintain a healthy business in a professional manner, especially now when technology and virtual communication is integral to any business, it’s important to set certain restrictions and guidelines, leaving room for flexibility. But in all cases, be careful about who you trust because this is what happened to me when I let myself trust a ‘big name’.

Two months ago, I chose to work for a well-known journalist, Wajahat Kazmi – one of those personalities who have a very charming public profile with a lot of fans and followers. They come across rather respectable and professional. But boy was I wrong! The project he initiated required a freelance writer for a month. Hence I applied and was awarded the project.

I trusted him. How could I not trust someone with such strong work ethics? This man had been working for many reputable institutions such as Samaa TV, Dawn, BBC, CNN, CTV, Huffington Post, DNA India and International Business Times. I agreed to work for him without any advance payment, as he said the amount exceeded his visa card limit at the time of him offering me a job.

Essentially, the ‘project’ was to write articles for his blog and then to share them to all his social media accounts. For a month, I excelled at my job, aiming to develop a long-term contract with this seemingly reputable and professional man. He always appeared to be happy with my work, considering he gave little to no criticism.

I later understood why this was so.

After completing my month, and when I was preparing my invoice for all the articles that I wrote for him, he told me that he wanted to reward me by assigning me another task. Of course, I was happy to hear that; it eliminated the trouble/time used to find a new project, and more work meant more money. Although he didn’t need to put in much effort to convince me since he told me that the job was very simple and easy and he would pay me $600 for it. I jumped at the opportunity. That is until he disclosed what the task really was.

This ‘easy task’ was to have a sex chat with him.

I was instantly disgusted and boiled with rage. But considering that he hadn’t paid me for the month-long project as yet, I had to address the issue with a sound mind. I reminded myself that freelance projects expose one to a mix of people and even when you disagree with another’s opinions or thoughts, one should always conduct themselves in a professional manner. I politely explained to him that I’m content with the project I just completed, one where my expertise in writing and marketing were exercised, and that I wasn’t interested in tasks of any other nature.

For the next 10 days, Mr Kazmi kept on insisting. He kept pestering me to participate in sexual chats with him and began to address me in a language which was sexual in nature. I asked him to be professional but he had other things on his mind. And he still hadn’t paid me for the project either.

He kept providing illogical reasons for being unable to pay. I suggested all kinds of options and mediums he could use to make the payment, to the extent that I was willing to send someone to retrieve the money from him in person.

The last option that Mr Kazmi provided me to make his payment required full access to my credit card details, including the number, security code and the issuing/expiry date. I refused to give him the information he was asking for since I suspected it was a scam.

An advance payment for such projects is a basic requirement when availing opportunities over the internet. But sometimes, we excuse and choose to trust well-known, reputable names based on their credibility in the field.

I chose to write about my experience to expose this man for what he really is. I hope my experience will encourage other people to come forward and share their own so we can all be aware of who we’re dealing with. Sometimes even the most reputable people in the world lack respect for other people and their boundaries.

Note:  At about 3pm, on December 6, 2016, after this piece was published, Wajahat Kazmi disabled his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.  

Amira Hashim

Amira Hashim

The author is a freelancer marketer and writer. She started writing after 7 years of working as a marketer and decided to turn her passion into a professional career.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Abid

    What a pathetic excuse of a man. Brave woman to expose such a disgusting person. He will do all he can to throw dirt on you, but lady stand tall. Make sure that you proceed and pursue all your rights against him financially and also if there is any way to pursue a criminal action then do it. You have my duas and good luck.Recommend

  • Rehan Hyder

    I asked his version on this story, if he does not reply, I am going to make a documentary on this.Recommend

  • Hasan

    Salute to this brave woman! It takes a lot of courage to bring such things to the public!Recommend

  • http://www.JustPrice.pk Arzish Azam

    Can any of you find any real journalism pictures of wajahat kazmi? This guy is a fraud, he is not a journalist for any of those organizations. Please report him to cyber crime and report his twitter account ASAPRecommend

  • Wahab Ali

    Saying that its so easy to create fake screenshots of conversations, and then proceeds to give a screenshot of a conversation as proof. You really ARE not as smart as you think you are Mr. Wajahat.Recommend

  • Critical

    Nope he wants to use that chat transcripts to blackmail her later for bigger things….

    At that point,she would be complicit in this and cannot approach anyone for help fearing loss of her characterRecommend

  • https://shafiqhaidervirk.wordpress.com/ Muhammad Shafiq Haider

    Your courage and perseverance is exemplary, Ms. Amira; that is how a dignified fight for your rights is put up. What has happened to you is criminal though not new – certainly our societal norms and mores discourage many to voice the abuse. More strength to you!
    ETB, you have my unflinching loyalty for good with publishing this one piece. Thank you.Recommend

  • Wassam S.

    Where is proof that you haven’t harassed her? If you think ET is deleting your comment then post article on indian propaganda site “Dawn”Recommend

  • Paramdeep Singh

    Pathetic fool! Those who think his account was hacked, must see the whatsapp screenshot as well. It shows this guy’s mentality. Salute you sister for your courage and standing up and exposing this scumbag!Recommend

  • Blog Reader

    Well Wajahat’s profile is active http://www.facebook.com/kazmiwajahat and infact I can’t see Amira Hashim’s Facebook profile… Ab yeh kya maajra hai ?? :DRecommend

  • Noman Ansari

    As far as a lot of people can tell, he has nothing to do with BBC or CNN.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    There is no evidence even in these screenshots that she faked anything. In fact, it looks like you tried to create an alibi with “how hard is it to create fake chats”.

    In that context it seems like you were saying to her: “Yes, you have evidence, but I can claim it’s fake because it’s easy to fake it.”

    If this goes to court, it will be very easy to prove if she faked it or not.Recommend

  • mohsin raza khan

    A really disgusting man. Does he not have sisters or daughters?Recommend

  • Hina Safdar

    I am glad that you decided to speak up & make it public. More power to you. Recommend

  • Faulitics

    You have comprehension issues.Recommend

  • Hasan

    This still doesn’t prove you did not send those messages. If you had any complaints regarding the lady’s work you should have had brought them to her knowledge. Having said that, kindly share the evidence of plagiarism that you are alleging on her part. Even then it will not help prove you are a sick pervertRecommend

  • fatima

    And then there are these elitist misogynists who will read an entire article on horrendous sexual harassment. But the thing that really hits home for them is the bad grammar. Like lady yes yes you may have been harassed and all but please do not subject our anglophile ears to your bad spelling!! Get your priorities right! You are making us lose faith in humanity with your bad grammar.Recommend

  • Gemini

    I think that this is a marketing tactic to get fake fame and nothing else, As negative marketing spreads way faster than positive things. If they both have to prove something then visit cyber crime cell and show them proper proof’s not screenshots and they are there to help you.Recommend

  • fatima

    She’s not threatening to create fake screenshots in that email. She’s just saying she will take screen shots of your actual conversations. It is you who are implying that she will make fake screenshots.Recommend

  • Gemini

    LOL Then maybe a guardian angel disabled your facebook and twitter accounts for a while.Recommend

  • Muzzammil

    Thank you, for being brave and exposing that jackalRecommend

  • Hussam Mehboob

    Damn that’s how you take out someone with your words. Good riddance of such pervertsRecommend

  • Anonymouse

    I agree with you Noman, first of all the email trail subject is “Last warning to pay my salary”, this indicates that there was some earlier warning which had been clearly stated by the blog writer. Secondly, if she was indeed blackmailing him why would she demand just her salary? if it was faked, she probably could have demanded more? Lastly, even if she was as unprofessional as you claim, and seeing how you are a “Professional Journalist”, what happened to all that professionalism when you posted that woman’s private email address for the world to see, where you decided to hide your own? Deactivating profiles? Sad state of affairs.Recommend

  • Nouman

    Let Be clear and unbiased.

    this is a blog not a verdict against kazmi. so let court decide who is guilty…

    not supporting him but i have seen many character assassinations on pakistani media and later those “suspects” proved innocent…Recommend

  • hp kumar

    ET pl removeRecommend

  • Hamza Rasheed

    It is “Let’s see” not Lets see.Recommend

  • Sane

    This must be investigated by FIA Cyber Crime and if Wajahat Kazmi is found guilty, he must be given exemplary punishment as an example to others of same ilk. Otherwise, the lady must be prosecuted and punished. Apparently what I see that none of the female in our society who is married having kids can indulge herself in such false accusations.Recommend

  • Farooq Muhammad

    Dear Sister, I salute your bravery and courage upon exposing an ugly social beast. You saved so many before be victim.Recommend

  • Aasim Toori

    Amira Hashim, you need to sue this man…this guy has no ethics, no professionalism and above all no respect for a women. To him, women are just sexual objects. He needs to punished by Government of Pakistan under women protection act. Its about time people like Wajahat Kazmi should be put under trial.
    I feel sorry for what you have gone through.

    Regards,
    Random civilian of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    The lady has his all details including sim and further communication, he can be caught easily, She should claim minimum PKR 1.0 to 2.0 milllion in damages from court and then use that money for allocating work to housewifes with some innovative idea exclusively for women.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    She did the right thing to bring it on digital media through Tribune, svaed herself from any blackmailing and like that.Recommend

  • Ali from Texas, USA

    Hats off to you sister for exposing such a scum. I think this is a matter which FIA must look on and book this con artist…Recommend

  • Cashiph

    With the SIM every scammer and facebook account will be caught, No strategy will work.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    http://www.ombudsman.gov.pk is the Federal website.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    I adviced her to go to Court. I guess we all on this forum can contribute to her legal fees if she requires.Recommend

  • Muhammad

    Looks like the guy just wanted a free lunch and it has come back to bite him in the ass.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    This is cyber crime evidence and the used SIM will tell the whole proof. One nigth Chitrol in lock up. Only one night. He will agree for his requests of sex chat with Altaf even.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    I adviced her to file the case with the relevant authorities. And it’s also necessary to point her mistake without knowing that such people are never linked with key media houses.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    I adviced here positively to contact relevant authorities.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    I made this statement so further house wives and women should know and avoid such works with non-reliable online work dealers, in simple words.Recommend

  • Muhammad

    You have got yourself in a pickle by posting this email screenshot Mr. Wajahat.

    All this proves is that the disgusting chats really happened, you did not pay the author her dues and you were ready to defend yourself by blaming it on *fake screenshots*; because “how hard is to create fake chats”.

    It is really sickening to see to what extend you have gone to get work done for free by making the author uncomfortable.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    Please be ethical as waterboarding was not invented for me. I can also tell inventions for you.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    SIM and Mobile record will tell the whole evidence.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    FIA cyber crime will help yo with all definitions and their process also to collect the evidence from SIM records.Recommend

  • ab

    What a pathetic person he is. The person must be cursing himself for his doings and that intact is very satisfying. His deletion of his account has opened a lot of question and tells us that he is afraid. His trail is still on google. so he had that twitter account. And hats off sister!.Recommend

  • ab

    His twitter trail on google must also be copied for evidence as it will vanish in a few days.Recommend

  • Ali

    Pakistani women in general are quite hesitant to go out and pursue work/career. Now people like Wajahat are making it difficult to work even from home!Recommend

  • Uncle Tom

    Well said, and he looks just like the kind of shady person who does these kinds of things..Recommend

  • Anonymouse

    Thanks for you insight Cahewiph, I am sure that’s how you would like to be treated as wellRecommend

  • Asad Ali

    What you did here requires lots of courage. Not only you have exposed a sinister man but also shown way for countless other girls who suffer un silence or sometimes give-in due to finacial pressures.

    BravoRecommend

  • Cashiph

    There is no timestamp on emails, which comes in between subject and the sender. only date is mentioned. This conversation is created fake.Recommend

  • israr

    so this guy as he looks on television is not only cheap, its not just that he took chance on a girl but a girl with scarf so double insulting for Islamic culture and committed sins after sins so hats off to the girl and I will wait and see how he replies to this … I bet he wont… Recommend

  • Cashiph

    Amazing point.Recommend

  • shary

    well don!!! good job doneRecommend

  • http://www.redalicerao.com/ Maliha Rao

    I am so glad you spoke up. Cheers and respect to you Amira Recommend

  • Pietro Mazzarol

    Naming and Shaming is fun. I’m sure my friend Wajahat Abbas Kazmi (completely unrelated Italy based documentary director) will agree. He’s receiving hundreds of threats thanks to you.
    But hey, someone asked to have a piece of dat ass, so EVERYONE must pay, right?Recommend

  • alama.javed

    and start with the perp blaming?? girls says man did it so means he did it? since its the woman saying so it must be true right? what if it was a guy having the same story about a woman? would u blindly trust him as well?Recommend

  • Mirza Aasauf Baig

    You should have set up Milestone Payments.Recommend

  • Anonymous Rebel

    hey Wajahat! what are you wearing? ;)Recommend

  • Anonymous Rebel

    That comment has been approved.pathetic explanation BTW.Recommend

  • ch g

    Amira Hashim… What a brave girl u r. I respect you completely and this man disgust all. My Support and prayers are with you, Allah bless you.

    UNLESS this all is lie ….. :) could be both. Lie or truth. will be known though.Recommend

  • Ammar

    Please contact the Cyber Harassment Hotline: 0800-39393

    Nighat Dad is specializing in the Cyber Harassment side of things. But for Non-Payment and Credit Card Fraud you do need a Lawyer here in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Umer

    Why don’t you file a complain against him at FIA Cyber crime cell? He should be punished and you have strong evidenceRecommend

  • Usman Javed

    ok so wat about the watsapp n fb chats….??? oh as you said its not hard to make fake screen shots…FINE…then why your accounts been disappeared suddenly after her post???
    Guys we should bring this into light of CNN, BBC and all other major channels he is associated with. He is very obviously lying.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    Another wajahat lover you are get a mother and get born first,Recommend

  • Cashiph

    You keep friends like him? it’s a shame for you then.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    Don’t want to argue with you. if you do this and have the courage to face chitrol i can send and amend you in one day.Recommend

  • Usman Javed

    will be waiting…you must even if he repliesRecommend

  • Usman Javed

    Guys we should bring this man to justice and masses should know that ppl like these using the name & power of media will not be tolerated in society…he must be exposed on a larger scale.Recommend

  • Usman Javed

    oh so how come we can see your side of story if its NOT APPOROVED by ET….you are pathetic kazmi….JAAHILRecommend

  • Usman Javed

    and if you are sooooo honest then y nobody can see your profiles and even your profile pics are not clear…all these things clearly indicate what you have done…Recommend

  • peakodominance

    if this was real, more media outlets would have picked up on it.

    since zero have, ill assume its a fake and youre just after a payday.Recommend

  • Bogo

    I commend you for exposing this author!!! Shameful and disguting behaviour. He won’t show his face again if he has any shred of respect.Recommend

  • DJ

    Well done Amira!

    This is nothing new for Wajahat Kazmi. He is active on Internet Marketing forums, check out this thread: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/scammed-by-kazmiwajahat-for-350.896205/

    He ripped off a guy from India in a similar fashion!Recommend

  • Kat Campbell

    That is correct. Because most agencies pay professional people to validate information like these images. And these professionals were able to deduce that images were doctored. Waste of time for everyone except unemployed blogger who got much wanted attention.Recommend

  • Zid Di

    It is really sad story. the story of an innocent writer and a despicable person hiding behind his big personality. I believe this article won’t work even if reached his female family members who have failed to mend his immorality. As a man, I believe no man can do anything wrong without tacit consent of the female members of his family.Recommend

  • Kat Campbell

    That’s because the images are doctored.Recommend

  • WashieWash

    Amazing job speaking up against this jerk.Recommend

  • Maliha Husain

    A very good idea. Amira, you should report this case with Justice (R) Yasmin Abbasey. You can also report on line.Recommend

  • Nicole Krieger

    You should have told your husband.Recommend

  • Johnny

    This guy got what was coming to him. Front page of Reddit, don’t think he expected that. Bet he really wants a sexy chat nowRecommend

  • Johnny

    He deleted his twitter, I wonder why?Recommend

  • Nazli

    Her ‘izzat’ is still intact. It’s his izzat that’s been shattered to pieces. Disabling his social media accounts won’t hide him from his shame.Recommend

  • Nazli

    There should be 3 things done besides writing this piece. 1) The freelancer should seek help of a department that deals with payment of wages, to get paid for her work. 2) This sleeze should be taken to court for sexual harassment, and some lawyer should come forward to help her. Disabling your Facebook doesn’t mean you don’t exist anymore. 3) Stringent laws should be written in Pakistan to take care of these two issues. Lawmakers should pay attention to such problems, rather than indulge into politics all the time. Getting elected and re-elected is of no use if you can’t improve the society. Recommend

  • https://joakimhedlund.com Sleavely

    The default Gmail theme only shows timestamp when you hover the relative date, “Nov 25, 11 days ago” (seen in upper right corner of each email)Recommend

  • Rhizomorph

    What he did was wrong, but I have to say that neither you nor he have any business writing professionally in English, as you both lack command of it very severely.Recommend

  • Fizza Rizvi

    I am a freelancer myself. When we write a professional piece, we often proof-read it properly before posting. Even then there are typos and grammatical errors left sometimes which editors usually take care of. So poor grammar of freelancer is understandable, especially when she must be emotionally disturbed. The so called professional journalist Mr. Wajahat use freelancers to run his blog. It means he actually use others’ written work and publish them on his name. This explains his poor English.Recommend

  • AJ

    Ohh my. Im really sorry for what you have gone through. That is just so horrible. Maybe the whole thing was just to make excuses to pay you. Horrible horrible man.

    Never ever trust somebody again. Recommend

  • Hassan

    MashaAllah tabarkaAllah sister,

    May Allah bless you for seeking justice and doing the right thing and reporting him. You did the right thing because if he did this to you who is a mother of children then he probably did it to others.

    You did a great job in reporting him and I pray that other women and men like you keep doing good and strive against evil.Recommend

  • aaaa

    I feel sorry for what happened to you but I have to say that for a freelance writer your text messages are littered with a lot of errors and typos as if you don’t speak English.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    Why would a lady come up with accusations against him? let the investigation agency and court give the verdict, if it happens in USA or UK, the social media would have burst up for support of the victim, here you telling us waste of time. Check sex trade in canada and and blogs with comments, you won’t ask for attention.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    I guess this scam will be learning curve for woman to check and verify properly the online work systems.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    So let him include time stamped version of image then,Recommend

  • Amira Hashim

    I would like to thank everyone who supported me. I really appreciate your situation that boosted me a lot.
    I think Mr.Wajhat is shifting his career to be a professional scammer instead of journalist. He complained that I black mail him, so please allow me to send him my next message here.
    Mr.Wajhat only smart people either journalists or scammers know when they should stop to not lose more. I give you another chance now to be smart , and to stop.

    Apologize for what you did, and pay what you due on. I believe its the only way and the best way to keep the rest of your inner and outside respect.

    In case you didn’t prove that you are just like any human on this earth, have a bright side .. Then my next step is to publish more and more articles about you, and basically I will send everything to FIA Cyber crime, and we both confident that what published is true, and I will easily proof that my work for you was perfect and on standards. Trust me I will do.

    However, our world doesn’t need more scammers, and I believe as humans we should forgive and give chances.. Now you have yours and I wish if you are smart enough to gain it.Recommend

  • Despicable Dude

    You are a special kind of person arent you ?
    Pietro mentioned clearly

    “..Wajahat Abbas Kazmi (completely unrelated Italy based documentary director)”

    What part of completely unrelated Italy based documentary director did you not understand ???Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    ET would not publish this without thorough fact-checking.Recommend

  • Saher

    No doubt, we are surrounded by men for whom women are only a source of entertainment and a means to fulfill their lust. And no wonder this person too is one of them. However I just have a small question for you Amira! The screenshot you posted is from Freelancer.com. If you were selected as the successful bidder on freelancer, he cannot choose not to pay. The website takes care that every worker is paid and I wonder why there arose the need of having Whatsapp/Facebook contact? The communication between service seller and buyer on Freelancer and the PMs there are enough to carry out and complete any project.Recommend

  • https://joakimhedlund.com Sleavely

    You want him to fake a screenshot to prove to you that the first screenshot… isn’t fake?Recommend

  • Cashiph

    Let the law decide the specialities, normally people use sims of one country in other regions also.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    I want he puts the original thing with date stamp from start. If he is innocent he will survive , if he is fake he is in trouble for the case. overall they both will settle the case with money.Recommend