Employment Law/Unpaid Wages

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Hello, I am currently going through a wage claim with my previous company, I am having trouble acquiring physical documents stating that I did not only work for this company, but was also "promised" pay, which in the end of the 5 months of working never received pay for my time, and they are stating that I worked for room and board ONLY.The company has documents stating that i was an employee with hours on their payroll but all the evidence is with them and I was only clocking in on a system in the companies computer. What is the best way to go about acquiring this info so I am able to appeal the allegation?
Is there anything I can do without written documentation stating I was "promised" pay?
I hope I am not out of luck, btu I currently do not have any resources to help besides the previous employees that were also "promised" pay but also did not receive any, along with the general manager as well and this seems not to be enough to work.
Thank you for your time!

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You can check with the state and see if any state tax reports or workman's comp insurance filings were made by the company listing you as an employee.

If not the only thing I can think of is have all the employees that were promised pay go together with you and find an attorney that will sue the company for the wages. It might work if one is the general manager and if there are enough people to make it believable to the judge.

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I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

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30 years in Payroll and Human Resources

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SHRM (Society of Human Resources) APA (American Payroll Association) DOLEA (Department of Labor Employers Association) CPA (Canadian Payroll Association) NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) The Mentoring Network

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PHR Certification in Human Resources CPP Certification in Payroll in U.S. Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification in Canada

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