First of all, thanks for posting your suggestions. Here's what I have / am going to do based on your recommendations:
- I've checked out my state's labor laws and similar employee rights pages. I can file a claim with the Dept of Labor and, if that doesn't work, sue them for money owed in addition to attorney fees.
- Just to make sure my interpretation is correct, I'll call both the state and fed departments of labor for advice.
- If they advise it, I'll call and email my agency to inform them of a potential claim and legal suit if the check doesn't arrive by Monday. If not, I'll file a claim and get a free consult from an employment lawyer.
- would depend on the agency's actions.
As for the pt, I'm going to assume I signed a non-compete agreement and not take this client - just to be extra safe in case this does end up going to claims court.
: I took them at their word for the same reason I took this bad assignment - I felt I didn't have a choice. This assignment was my first, so I wanted to make a good impression in hopes of securing better cases. I also don't have a financial backup (no alt income streams or savings of any kind) thanks to 6 months of unemployment. The combination meant just sucking it up, but this long of a wait is too unreasonable.
P.S. I'll post back when the issue is resolved, in case something similar happens to somebody else one day.