What to do if I have worked at my uncle’s restaurant as a cook for the past 6 months but haven’t seen one cent of a paycheck?

Does he have to pay me even if we’re family?

Asked on September 4, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Being family has nothing to do with being paid and your rights as an employee.  You have a right to be paid.  You need to speak with your Uncle and if that is fruitless then speak with some one at the department of labor.  Good luck.


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