I was fired from my employer, and, exactly a week later they rehired me as a contractor doing work I had done previously. After a month went by, they lost a contract that was keeping everyone employed. I was working on a paid project, but I had to take employment at another company. I stayed on an extra two weeks to help out, foregoing starting work with my new employer. It has been 4 years, and I still have not been payed. Since there are multiple employees and contractors that did not get paid, my previous employer decided not to pay anyone. I am not the only creditor, on the list, so I am wondering what is the best way to proceed. Should I try to file an employment claim and state what I mentioned above, in court. Note that the owner had coerced employees to lie, in the past, to protect his interest. He still has a coniving HR manager, who would testify against me. Also, everyone else has moved on so and were from out-of-state, including myself so I doubt I can get anyone to testify in my behalf. They have a lawyer, and I cannot afford one for the $4,700 they owe me. Would it be better to do small claims? Is there a way to get them to pay, once I win the judgement?
why did you wait 4 years. Why did you subsidize them. You can try the Department of Labor at the state government level and talk with their wage and hour division. But if you were a contractor and the company has not declared bankruptcy, you can sue them for breach of contract. Except the statute of limitations in most states is 4 years. You may be right at the cusp of losing it all. Contact an attorney IMMEDIATELY and discuss. If you have the names of others the attorney will be more interested in your case. Talk with two or three attorneys and pick one if more than one is interested.
I can't tell if the $4700 is for wages or for your work as an independent contractor. If wages you can contact IWD wage and hour division and file a claim. If contract work you have small claims if the statute of limitations has not expired.
No attorney/client relationship exists until a fee agreement is signed. This is legal information not legal advice.
You may have waited too long. Whatever you do, act quickly.
The comments listed here are of a general nature and are not offered to create a formal attorney-client relationship -- that is, I am not, and I cannot give you legal advice here. I am Iowa licensed and, to become your attorney, I need to understand the particular facts and circumstances of your legal question and most likely meet you face to face.
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