What to do if I worked over the summer for a franchisee owner but she has not paid me and is now blocking my calls?

Asked on September 22, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You can sue her--that's how you get money from people who owe you money and refuse to pay it. If you did the work and were not paid, you should have a strong case there are few if any defenses to not paying an employee for work he or she did. Even if there were performance issues, for example, they have to pay you for the work you did--they could fire you for bad performance, but you'd have to be paid up through the firing date. If the amount you owe is less than the limit for your small claims court, a good option is to sue in small claims court, acting as your own attorney "pro se", to save on legal fees. The franchise owner cannot ignore court process if you sue her--or rather, if she does ignore it, you will win by default. If the franchise were an LLC or corporation, as it likely was, you'd sue the business itself if it was a sole proprietorship, you sue the owner personally.


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