I'm an independent contractor who did work for a company but they refuse to pay me and are breaching 2 contracts and two

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Customer: Hi I'm an independent contractor who did work for a company but they refuse to pay me and are breaching 2 contracts and two addendums
JA: Have you filed a wage-and-hour claim for unpaid wages?
Customer: No
JA: Where are you located? Wage-and-hour laws vary by state.
Customer: I am in Texas. Did the work in Texas but the company is based in Utah
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: yes the total amount owed is above $23,000
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Hello, my name is ***** ***** I'm a license attorney. I'm here to provide you with excellent service. Kindly allow me a moment to review your question.

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Thank you for your patience! I’m very sorry to hear you are experiencing these issues, but I appreciate you reaching out to us for assistance. Hopefully I can help. I’m so sorry that you are dealing with this wage issue. I know how frustrating this can be. I have a few questions I will ask below that will help me to understand your question better so that I can give you the best answer.

  • Why have you not made a complaint with the Department of Labor? 

Customer
Hello Karra, because I have had false promises from them and no time to investigate how to start the process
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I am so sorry to hear this. The first thing you should do is contact the Department of Labor and try to see if they will investigate the claim. You can call them and ask them to file a wage and hour complaint. If they say they won't investigate it, then you would start a lawsuit. To do this, you would file a complaint in court and have it served upon them for wages. However, the first step is trying to file a wage and hour complaint.

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Have I answered your question? I’m very sorry this happened. If any part of my response is unclear, please let me know. If you have more questions, I will be happy to answer them for you. If not, it It has been my pleasure to help you.

Customer
I am also trying to do this with the least expense possible. Any idea how much it would cost with the department of labor? Also which one should I contact, Texas or Utah? Lastly can I present a case like this to a small claims court instead of a lawsuit and attorney fees?
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You should do it in the state that you work in. You could but the first step is the Department of Labor they will investigate this matter.

Customer
is there a limit on the claims court amount that I'm suing for? Also if I need to take that route should that court be in Utah like the agreement says or the state I worked in which is Texas?
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If there was a signed agreement, then it should be where the agreement was signed or what it says in the work agreement. You should call the Department of Labor where you are working.

Customer
Well it was signed in Texas and work was done in Texas. Therefore Texas should be where I file the Department of Labor or Small claims if it doesn't work.
Customer
Correct?
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That is correct.

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Have I answered your question? I’m very sorry this happened. If any part of my response is unclear, please let me know. It’s my goal to deliver excellent service, so please let me know if there is anything more I can do. I invite you to ask me any follow-up questions. any future legal needs.

Customer
Awesome and is it correct that small claims courts don't work if the requested claim is above $10,000?
Customer
That should be my last question
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Yes, most small claims courts that is the limit.

Customer
Gotcha and can I sue them on two stages? Since I'm owed $20000?
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No, you would have to go to civil court.

Customer
Got it. Thank you
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Have I answered all of your questions?

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thank you so much
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It has been my pleasure to help you with this employment law issue. If you have more questions, I will be happy to answer them for you. If not, it has been my pleasure to help you. Thank you for using our site and for trusting me to answer you’re questions. If you have any follow-up questions, I am always here to answer them. You can always ask for “Karra” in the future if you want to speak to me again. You are welcome to specifically request me if you have any future legal needs.

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Once again thank you
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You're welcome.

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