I was hired for a part - time position , 15 hours a week at one rate with an additional 10 hours per week at another rate . After submitting my time sheet , my employer refused to pay , stating the 10 hours of admin time was to be done in the original 15 hours . Despite me providing documentation this is not true , they have refused to pay me until I " correct " my time sheet . I have refused to do so . I have not been paid for the whole month of January ( they pay monthly , I heard that is illegal as well ) . This employer is based i Brooklyn , NY . Can they legally refuse to pay me my total wages even when they only dispute a portion of it ?