Question about how to handle ex-landscaping boss...
I didn't really know where to post this question...but i'll ask it here and if it's not the right place maybe you could point me in the right direction.
I recently got a job working for a landscaping company which paid under-the-table. I had to quit the job after about a week and a half because the only other landscaper who was employed by the owner was an ex-convict, alcoholic who showed up at least 2 hours late everyday I was supposed to meet him. I ended up working 28 hours, and only received 100$ from the owner, as he said he'd have more money the next day. I've since been calling him for about a week everyday, and he keeps putting me off, telling me he'll call back and never calling, or telling me to call back and then not picking up.
My question is...should I be contacting the Department of Labor about this guy? Or someone local? I mean, I realize I entered into a shady situation...but if i'm not going to be paid the remaining money for the hours I worked (which I desperately need!), i'd at least like to not let the owner get away with stiffing me...
Oh, and he does have another job, which I guess serves as his successful cover-up.
Any help at all would be appreciated...thanks