First, you should file a complaint against your former employer. Also, you can file a criminal complaint against your employer for the bad check. Call if you would like a free consultation.
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I suggest you visit the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce website where you can file a complaint through that agency without the necessity of going to court or even hiring an attorney. You can find the link to filing a complaint through this state agency by following this link: http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/wagehour/complnt/filing_wage_claim.html
For a modest wage claim, such as yours, hiring an attorney may cost you more than the amount of money that you would get in a court.