Can a hygienist clean patients teeth at a dental office without being paid?

I did a working interview for a dental hygienist job yesterday. They verbally agreed to pay me at the end of the day. After working on 8 patients, 9 hours they refused to pay me. They said they would let me know about the job in a few days. They owe me at least $250. Is there anything I can due to get paid?

Asked on March 3, 2016 under Business Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can sue (such as in small claims court, acting as your own attorney or "pro se") for the money, for breach of contract--violation of the oral agreement (oral agreements are enforceable) to pay you for the work--and also for "unjust enrichment", or that it is wrong to let them get the benefit of your work without paying for it.

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