What actions can I take against a former employer that has not paid me if we had a written agrement that I was to be paid on a certian date?

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What actions can I take against a former employer that has not paid me if we had a written agrement that I was to be paid on a certian date?

I had a written agrement to be paid on a certian date; it’s been over a month and I still haven’t gotten paid. My former employer waited 2 weeks after I started to even submit my paperwork.

Asked on May 16, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Even without a specific written agreement, employees must be paid for all their work; with a written agreement, they have to be paid as per the agreement, which is enforceable like any other contract. If you have not been paid according to the employment agreement or contract, you could sue the employer for breach of contract, to recover you money. One option is to sue in small claims court, where you can act as your own attorney. Note that you employer can and likely will terminate you if you sue him--on the other hand, right now you're working for free, so suing to be paid for what you have done and looking for a new job may be the way to go.


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