I work as a contractor for a design center in Florida. I provide designs, estimates, and management services for home renovations. I get paid $200 base pay plus commission on a weekly basis from the design center. Now that I am on maternity leave I am not getting paid the $200 base I was getting every week and the owner is holding back money from my retainage for no reason. After countless bad checks and not getting paid the commissions owed to me, I am forced to leave this company and pursue another one. I am just nervous that I will not get paid the remaining $6000 he owes me. My question is whether or not he can get away with not paying the $200 base we agreed on even though I am working from home and whether or not I have grounds for taking legal action to get the money owed to me. I work as a contractor and provide services for these tens of thousands dollar projects. A tile installer, for example, can place a lien on a property for not being paid for their services, can't I? The owner of the company has made it completely clear that I am self employed and I can not afford to walk away from such a large amount of money for services I have already provided to his company and his clientele. Please help!