Q: International Independent Contractor law for wage claim
I am an independent contractor from the Philippines and my employer is a US citizen who has not paid for $2500 and more than 30 days past due. I need assistance in reference to the unsettled payment and corresponding charges for damages and other fees.
A: Workers Compensation IS NOT a remedy for Independent Contractors. Wage Claims are NOT covered by the Workers Compensation Act of the Labor Code. (It sounds like it would, but it's just for employees who get physically hurt performing their job.) If you are an Independent Contractor, you have a CIVIL complaint for Breach of Contract against the US Citizen who owes $2,500. You can recover in Small Claims court for breach of contract.
Unfortunately this is not a place to ask attorneys to work for you. You will have to locate and consult with attorneys, explain your situation, and then pick one that you wish to work with.
Please note that it is not clear that your legal claim would be properly venued here in the US. Be sure to check with your attorney about that.
Good luck to you.
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