How to collect salary if an owner refuses to pay?

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How to collect salary if an owner refuses to pay?

I was employed under contract to a professional hockey team and the team folded. The owner of the team owes 20 players for 1.5 weeks and refuses to pay anyone for the time owed. We try to contact the owner but are ignored. The contract states that they are required to pay for the amount of time we were employed.

Asked on January 17, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You need to sue the owner of the hockey team based upon his or her breach of the employment contract that you and they signed.  Go and see an attorney and bring the contract with you.  If the cost of the attorney would be prohibitive in that your pay would be less that the fees, you could try and go it alone possibly in small claims court (check out the limit for suit in the court; it may be the way to go).  I would also file whatever type of grievance you can with the hockey league in which the team played.  I am sure that they have a mechanism for filing a complaint against the owners of the teams.  Good luck to you.


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