I did not sign any paperwork or contract for my current employer and he owes me 1,026 dollars. I have kept up with my hours that he owes me. I'm being paid underneath the table.
You have no written contract. Do you have any evidence of your working for this person and the rate of pay?
If so, you can file in small claims court. You may also have a remedy as a labor claim, which you would do well to discuss with counsel.
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Since you are not a regular W-2 employee, small claims court is likely your best option if you cannot otherwise persuade the employer to accede to your demands. You can retain a lawyer to send the employer a written final demand of payment (to be followed up by a small claims suit if the employer does not comply), which a lawyer can prepare and send for an inexpensive fee. I hope you recover what you are justly owed without undue hassle or expense. Have a productive new year.
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