If Iworked as an independent contractor with signed agreement and have not been paid, how can I get the money for the work I did?

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If Iworked as an independent contractor with signed agreement and have not been paid, how can I get the money for the work I did?

I live in TN and worked for a company based out of GA/FL. I worked for this company and have not received payment per our signed agreement. How can I go about getting paid for the work that I did? I have generally researched small claims court but would I have to file in their location? Do I have any other options?

Asked on November 22, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the company for breach of contract.  A lawsuit can be filed where the plaintiff resides or where the defendant resides or where the claim arose.  You can file your lawsuit in TN where you reside or where the company/corporate headquarters is located in GA or FL.  For convenience purposes such as filing documents with the court and court appearances, you should file in TN where you live.  Your damages (the amount of compensation you are seeking to recover in your lawsuit) would be the amount you are owed plus court costs.  Court costs would include the court filing fee and process server fee.  You can have the company served at its corporate headquarters in GA or FL by a process server located in or near the city where the company is located.  You can find process servers in the Yellow Pages or online listed under attorney services. 


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