Filing a Claim Inquiry

CLAIM INQUIRIES

A claim inquiry is an allegation that the signatory employer on a SAG-AFTRA, AFTRA or SAG production has violated the collective bargaining agreement in any way. Once a claim inquiry has been filed with SAG-AFTRA, it is investigated by members of the Contracts Team to determine if it is valid with respect to the apparent facts and relevant contract provisions. If the claim inquiry has been determined to have sufficient validity, it is filed by SAG-AFTRA with the employer as a formal claim. If it has not been determined to be valid, the inquiry is closed and the performer(s) who submitted the inquiry is advised of the Union’s decision and the reasons for the determination.

For Principal Performers

Please complete the form below and return to SAG-AFTRA.

Please fill out the form completely, in order to prevent any delay in processing your claim inquiry. Be sure to indicate the claim issue involved under "Description of Claim", as well as any further information that may assist us.

  1. LATE FEES: Does the lateness involve a production salary/session fee or residuals? If your production salary was paid late, include a copy of your check stub(s). If your residuals were paid late, please include copies of all applicable check stubs.
  2. PROBLEM WITH RESIDUAL PAYMENTS: Include copies of all residuals check stubs, including any residuals previously paid. Provide all known cycle dates if a commercial.
  3. PROBLEM WITH PRODUCTION SALARY/SESSION FEE PAYMENT: Include a copy of your contract, as well as any check stubs you have already received.
  4. UNAUTHORIZED USE OF COMMERCIALS: Did you see your commercial air but haven't received payment? It is necessary to provide us with date, time, station and city where the commercial was sighted, to the best of your knowledge.
  5. IMPROPER DOWNGRADE/OUTGRADE IN A COMMERCIAL: Attach your headshot. Please describe what you were wearing on the shoot day, including wardrobe as well as any hair goods and prosthetics. If you have a copy of the commercial, include it as well.

Once we have received your completed claim inquiry form it will be assigned to a Business Representative. The Representative will review the claim inquiry and process it accordingly.

If you have any questions when filling out the claim inquiry form, you can click on the Contracts button to view a list of SAG-AFTRA contract departments, along with a direct dial phone number for each.

For Background Actors

Please complete the form below and return to SAG-AFTRA.

Please fill out the form completely, in order to prevent any delay in processing your claim inquiry. Be sure to indicate the claim issue involved under "Description of Claim”, as well as any other information that may assist us.

  1. UPGRADE: If you are filing a claim inquiry for upgrade, you must attach a headshot. You must also attach a copy of your production salary/session fee pay stub (claim inquiries received prior to production salary/session fee being paid will not be processed). Attach a copy of your contract/voucher. Please describe what you were wearing on the shoot day, including wardrobe as well as any hair goods and prosthetics.
  2. LATE FEES: If you are filing a claim inquiry for late payment of production salary/session fee, you must attach a copy of your check stub and (if you have it) a copy of the envelope the check came in (with the postmarked date visible).
  3. ALL OTHER PRODUCTION/SESSION ISSUES AND PAYMENT ISSUES: Include a copy of your contract/voucher.

Once we have received your completed claim inquiry form, it will be assigned to a Business Representative. The Representative will review the claim inquiry and process it accordingly.

If you have any questions when filling out the claim inquiry form, you can click on the Contracts button to view a list of SAG-AFTRA contract departments, along with a direct dial phone number for each.

Claim Inquiry Forms

HOLLYWOOD

Theatrical-Television Principal Performers: Use the form below if you worked as a Principal Performer in a Theatrical, Television or New Media Production.

Claim Inquiry Form Theatrical Television Principal Hollywood

Theatrical-Television Background Actors: Use the form Background Actors Claim Inquiry Form 2 for TV/Theatrical Productions below if you worked as a Background Actor under a Theatrical or Television Contract. DO NOT use this form for upgrade claim inquiries.

Use the form Background Actors Claim Inquiry Form for TV/Theatrical Productions – Upgrade Only below if you worked as a Background Actor under a Theatrical or Television Contract, and wish to file a claim inquiry for upgrade to Principal Performer.

Background Actors Claim Inquiry Form 2 for TV/Theatrical Productions

Background Actors Claim Inquiry Form for TV/Theatrical Productions – Upgrade Only

Commercials or Corporate/Educational Principal Performers & Background Actors: Use the form below if you worked as a Principal Performer or Background Actor in a Commercial, Industrial, Infomercial or Public Service Announcement.

Claim Inquiry Form - Commercials/Corporate Educational Non-Broadcast Contract

NEW YORK

All Principal Performers: Use the form below if you worked as a Principal Performer in any type of production.

Claim Inquiry Form Principal Performers New York

All Background Actors:
Use the form below if you worked as a Background Actor in any type of production.

Claim Inquiry Form Background Actors New York

Claim Form for Loss or Damage to Wardrobe or Property - Background Actors

Contracts