If I was promised money to do a job that is now being re-negotiated without my knowledge, what are myights?

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If I was promised money to do a job that is now being re-negotiated without my knowledge, what are myights?

This summer, I started working for a school teaching an extracurricular music program. They promised me an amount of $7,000 which I have email evidence of for a year’s worth of work. As I received my paychecks twice a month, I noticed that they were for incredibly meager amounts that didn’t seem to come close to adding up to the correct total. To date, I have only received $700 after approximately seven months of work in the 12 month cycle. After much prodding and asking an untold amount of times to my immediate supervisor with this job, I have now been forwarded an email from the school’s

assistant superintendent containing the following line,

Asked on January 27, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

For a definitive answer, you need to take any/all documentation/corresondence to an attorney to review with you, since depending on exactly what was said, it could have been just a proposal or point for negotiation, or it could have been a contractually agreed-to or committed-to amount. The language of the emails, etc. will determine if there was an enforceable contract for $7,000 or not.
Assuming for the moment that you are correct and that the writings they sent you would constitute a contract or enforceable agreement, then their budgeting is irrelevant: if they contracted to pay $7,000, they have to pay $7,000, and if they don't, you could sue them for breach of contarct for the money, such as in small claims court, as your own attorney or "pro se."


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