I was hired by an interpreting agency as a freelance interpreter along with my six other colleagues. The agency "A" which we were hired was a sub-contracting agency of an agency "B" which has a contract with a state hospital.
We have been sent to assignments at a state hospital as usual. October 19th was our payroll (we are paid bi-weekly). That weekend, hurricane Sandy hit NYC area and we have experienced a hard time reaching the agencies A & B the next week due to power outage. On November 2nd, when we submit our time sheet for the next payroll, the person at agency "A" calls to say that the checks from October 19th will be mailed out next week and apologized for the delay. Whilst waiting for the checks to come in, on November 8th, we all receive an email from agency "A" stating that they are no longer affiliated with agency "B" and that we should all stop reporting to assignments as of November 9th.
Since that date, we are unable to reach agency "A" and have not been paid for the service for 5 weeks. Here are some things we attempted to do and what we got to know:
1) call agency "A" numerous times but our efforts has been fruitless
2) email the person who is in charge of company "A"requesting to contact us
3) contact agency "B" if they can help us
4) the contact person for agency "B" was fired from the agency due to conflict of interest. Come to find out, he was one of the co-founder of agency "A"
5) The address we have known for the agency company is the address for the company's CPA company.
My question is how can I collect what the company owes as soon as possible.
1 Answer from Attorneys
I would file a claim against the hospital. Although you were hired by sub-contractors, they were agents for the hospital, and they ultimately pay the bill.
You should contact the Department of Labor. Failing that, file a wage claim against the hospital.
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