How can I get paid for the hours I worked?

About 2 months ago, I worked a couple of hours for a home care services business. I submitted all the documents that my employer requested for but up until today, I’ve not been paid a dime for the care that I provided for my clients. I’ve called my employer time without count but she’s ignoring my calls and the only times I got to talk her, she said she is too busy to attend to paying me but she will pay me.

I’m frustrated about it as I need the money to support my family through this hard time that we are currently facing in my family. How can I make my employer to pay me my money?

Asked on September 4, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can sue your employer: that's how you get money from someone who owes you but will not pay. You sue them for "breach of contract": for violating the agreement (even if only an oral, or unwritten, one) pursuant to which you agreed to work in exchange for pay. If you did your part (worked), they must do their part (pay you). For the amount of money likely at stake, suing in small claims court, on a "pro se" basis (as your own attorney) is likely a good option.


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