A few weeks ago I was subcontracted (no written contract) to do some work for a company that has a state contract with FWC. I was installing graphics on new trucks for the State of Florida (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission). I worked two weeks and finished around 18 trucks and asked for a payday from the company.
The owner told me check was in the mail (no pun intended). Three days later I call again as there was no check. Again, I was told it was sent. Three more days later I call again. I was assured the check was sent but the owner said he would send another just in case. Check should have arrived overnight as they are only a few hours away.
Next day, no check.
I called the owner and talked with him (very firmly) and conveyed that I thought he was lying to me. He admitted he lied and said the company had no money and was on hard times. He said I would be paid as soon as some clients paid him.
Well, three weeks later and I still have no money from them. I am now working directly for FWC. I was hired temporary through the state system.
I would like to sue this company in small claims. I have never sued anyone before and am not sure of what is involved, what I need and need to do.
Is it even likely I would ever get my money? I am owed $617.00 from this company and would make a huge difference in my financial situation right now.
Some one at FWC told me to call his insurance company (business insurance is required in order to hold a state contract) and they would pay me.
I tend to think that if he cannot or will not pay me he likely has not paid his insurance either.