Can I sue for wages if I didn’t have a contract with a modeling agency?

I did a modeling job for a company and they wrote the check to an agency I was not yet signed with. I did not sign with the agency because I found out they were illegitimate but they cashed my check. Now they will not give me any part of the money. The owner claims I have no case or right to the money since I did not sign a contract with them. What can I do?

Asked on March 7, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, New York


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