How should I proceed in obtaining unpaid wages?

I was and am currently working for a doctor. Next door is a cardiovascular imaging office. The owner there was looking for part time help billing insurances. I needed the extra money so I began working for him and shortened my hours with the doctor. After over a month of him not processing my employee paperwork and me getting the run around about a paycheck, I stopped working for him. 3 months and several requests for the wages owed to me later, he continues to give excuses. I finally told him yesterday that if he does not pay me the $1000 owed, I will take him to small claims court. He screamed at me and told me to leave his office. I don’t know what to do; I desperately need that money.

Asked on March 6, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You seem to know what to do--you sue the owner in small claims court. You  have a right to be paid for the work you did, at the agreed upon rate or wage. When you are not paid what you are owed, the way to recover the money is to sue. You'll need to have evidence (including your own testimony) to prove the hours worked and the amount you are owed. Good luck.


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