So I signed a contract with a modeling agency 3 months ago. I have done everything I was supposed to but have not been paid, I can not seem to find the copy with both signature on it but have emails and messages from the owner stating he would pay me and stating I did nothing wrong. What can I do to make them pay me?
This is what part of the contract states:
e. ....................... will compensate ...................... the amount of $3,000 per month, net income for the duration of the 1(one) year contract. Should ............... request early release or should either party breach set contract, the Breach Clause’s will apply.
I have not breached the contract but they still refuse to pay me & I've been told I would be paid but each time they say they do the direct deposit they don't.
Based on the information provided you could start with a certified letter to let them know you are serious about this and also start documenting your attempts to collect payment. If that does not work you may want to meet with an attorney and see if a letter from an attorney would help get things going. If not, you are probably looking at having to file a lawsuit to collect your unpaid wages.
A thorough and proper analysis of your claim will necessarily require a review of the entire contract and a better understanding of the facts of your case. That said, if your contract is an employment contract and you have not been paid, you might be entitled to three times the unpaid wages by statute. I highly recommend consulting with legal counsel. You should take the written contract with you. If you do not have a signed copy that might change the analysis but not necessarily. Unsigned and oral agreements are generally enforceable just at are written agreements, with some exceptions. Consult with counsel who will give you a free initial consultation. Good luck.
Gather your contract, all communications with the modeling agency, and any other relevant documents and arrange a consultation with an attorney. You need a professional review and opinion on the contents and applicability of your contract, your relationship under the contract (are you an employee? an independent contractor), and a basis for any claim against the agency (wage claim? breach of contract claim?). These situations are fact-specific enough and tied so closely to your contract documents, that it will require sitting down with an experienced attorney to review and truly evaluate the situation and your claims. Best of luck.
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