Q: A company is refusing to pay me over $9000 that I earned as an independent contractor. What are my options?
The company is a subcontractor under a Prime Contractor who provides medical disability exams for Veterans Affairs. The company claims that the Prime didn't pay them for those particular services, and therefore they are not obligated to pay me for those services either. They haven't offered evidence of not getting paid nor any efforts they have made to rectify the situation, yet some of the unpaid services are over a year old. There is a possibility that I was misclassified as an Independent Contractor instead of an employee, but I'm not sure. Regardless, I would like to get the money that I am owed. Also, the company is in Virginia, but I am in Ohio.
A: Yes, you have a few options: 1) send them a demand letter threatening a lawsuit if they don't pay you; or 2) pass on the letter and simply fie a lawsuit. Before doing either, I'd check to confirm that your agreement does not have any language in that conditions your payment on payment from the VA. If you decide to hire a lawyer, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.
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