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Help.... Mom owes me $ and wont pay!


Hi,

I have been a full-time nanny for over a year and a half now, and have gotten into a very serious situation with my previous employer/Family I had been working for.

So, the mother owns her own skincare company and massage salon. she hired me to help her with her company as well as care for her child while she worked.

I stopped working for her because she owes me over half a grand for work I have done for her company as well as caring for her child. I was told she would pay me by the end of the week two weeks ago, and I have yet to receive my check. A week ago I mail her a certified letter with an invoice of all the dates I worked with the money I had already received, and she has yet to pick it up at the post office. I also gave her a call Friday a week and a half after sending the invoice. She did not pick up and I left a voicemail.

So, last Sunday (two days later) June 12, 2016 I stopped by her house and left the invoice on her car, and she later sent me a text message saying she had received my invoice. She questioned me about the hours I had worked. I explained my hours to her and never heard back.

Now, its June 16, 2016 and I still have not received my check nor have a heard from her, and I am at a loss of what to do, and would really like to know what my rights are, and what legal actions I can take.

I would love advice on what to do!

Thanks,

6 comments:

nc said...

Take her to small claims court

Anonymous said...

Not to judge, but why did you wait so long? That is a lot of money? Yes I would take her to court.

Anonymous said...

Don't take her to court. The fees will be more than what you're trying to collect. It's not worth it. I'll state the obvious- you should have stopped working for her the second she started owing you anything.

Anonymous said...

I agree. $500 or $600 isn't worth it. You'd be lucky to get half of it back- if she pays. There are plenty of people who ignore court orders.

Brianne Wicks said...

The court fees aren't worth it. I'm sorry, this happened to me too when I was young. Luckily it was just one week of work, and upon not paying me for the first week I told her I wouldn't work more hours until I was paid.

I'm so sorry, but you got got honey. You are very unlikely to see that money. You don't have to resort to threats but let her know that child care providers talk to one another, and that her business is dependent upon her being ethical in her business practices. She needs to be made aware of the long term consequences of leaving a trail of unhappy people behind her.

I definitely want you to know you have my sympathies for sure. It's the most bummer situation, but moving forward you need to self advocate. Always get paid weekly, demand to be paid fairly and on time just like any other employee, and have a contract.

I have had so many little things like this over the years and each lesson just gives you new things to make sure are in your contract. Things like what happens when the family takes a vacation without you, rates for new kids/older siblings over school vacations, pay schedule, and overtime agreements. Live and learn isn't always easy but it will make you a stronger person and a better nanny and self advocate in the long run.

Brianne Wicks said...

The court fees aren't worth it. I'm sorry, this happened to me too when I was young. Luckily it was just one week of work, and upon not paying me for the first week I told her I wouldn't work more hours until I was paid.

I'm so sorry, but you got got honey. You are very unlikely to see that money. You don't have to resort to threats but let her know that child care providers talk to one another, and that her business is dependent upon her being ethical in her business practices. She needs to be made aware of the long term consequences of leaving a trail of unhappy people behind her.

I definitely want you to know you have my sympathies for sure. It's the most bummer situation, but moving forward you need to self advocate. Always get paid weekly, demand to be paid fairly and on time just like any other employee, and have a contract.

I have had so many little things like this over the years and each lesson just gives you new things to make sure are in your contract. Things like what happens when the family takes a vacation without you, rates for new kids/older siblings over school vacations, pay schedule, and overtime agreements. Live and learn isn't always easy but it will make you a stronger person and a better nanny and self advocate in the long run.