I'm not sure how to handle this as it wasn't the typical job with the typical hiring method and such.
I answered an ad on Craigslist for a one week only job, and the hiring company was in another state. I communicated via email and phone with the hiring person and I was hired as "foreman" for this position and was supposed to have other workers reporting to me.
Well, the other workers flaked and I ended up "recruiting" my partner, and this was OKed by the hiring person. I was promised extra money for having to do it shorthanded.
The job consisted of distributing marketing materials and the ad gave an hourly wage for both the supervisor job and the worker job, but actually this was based on a flat pay rate and the company's "estimated" time to complete the work. So they were saying it "averages out to" xx an hour.... but whatever.
I received the materials (maps and instructions and the actual materials) and we completed the job, but it took much longer than the time I'd been told it would take (for a variety of reasons). Either way we submitted paperwork upon completion of the job and were told that pay would be mailed 3 to 4 days after that.
Well, the completed paperwork was returned to the company on Sept. 25th and it's now October 9th, and I haven't heard a word about the pay, nor have I gotten any response to emails and phone calls.
Last night, while trying to find out more info on the company, I came across a Craigslist ad in another state where someone was complaining of the same exact thing by this company (several people not being paid).... but in that case it had affected way more people as the project was higher volume in that area. I emailed the person who posted the ad but they no longer want to receive emails about it. They are still "working on getting paid" though.
The company we worked for was hired by a rather large company to print and distribute their marketing stuff, so I've contacted THAT company as well... (it's a home improvement product company) in hopes that they'll be concerned or have a way to force payment or?? I don't know.
Sorry this is so long. Anyway, my main question is how to handle this... normally I'd just try filing an unpaid wage claim but I am concerned that due the whole way it was done that they're going to try and say we were "contractors" and not employees and I never filled out any kind of application, written agreement, etc. I do have the original ads saved as screen shots and I have the emails from the "recruiter" that I received while working on the project and the email about when pay would be sent out, but that's it..