Shecky's Girls Night Out owes my wife, Libertad Green, $105, after they did the ol' bait-and-switch on her, hiring her to do admissions at the Petersen Automotive Museum in downtown L.A., May 16, 2014, then having her lift heavy objects and stay on her feet all evening, from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. Instead of paying her cash on site that night, they told her they'd pay her by check two to four weeks later.
A couple weeks ago, after waiting patiently for about six weeks, she started e-mailing them. They ignored her e-mails. So she started calling them. Last week, around Monday or Tuesday, July 14th or 15th, Mr. Jack Posniak told her on the phone that he would check on her paycheck and get back to her by the end of the week. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday came and went with no call, e-mail, paycheck, or anything else from Mr. Posniak.
So today, it got ugly. After my wife and I both spoke to Mr. Posniak in less than civil terms, someone in his office pulled her file and e-mailed her notification that the paycheck had been returned to sender. One of their employees decided to add an apartment "#" to our address. They said they would re-issue the check, but they never apologized, and they never answered my wife's question as to when they would re-send her paycheck.
1. Don't do the bait-and-switch. If they wanted people to move large, heavy objects, and remain on their feet from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m., they should have mentioned this in their original CraigsList ad.
2. For day laborers, just pay them at the end of the gig. Cash is preferable, but if they insist on checks for record-keeping/tax purposes, issue the check, but issue it on site, at the end of the gig.
3. When someone e-mails you about a missing paycheck, don't ignore it. Open their file and see what the problem is. "Oh, we're sorry; it was returned to sender from this address..." "Oh, we're sorry! We added an apartment number when you didn't give us one; we'll be happy to re-send your paycheck today, to the correct address!"
4. When someone calls about their missing paycheck, don't give them the run-around. Open their file and see what the problem is. "Oh, we're sorry; it
was returned to sender from this address..." "Oh, we're sorry! We added
an apartment number when you didn't give us one; we'll be happy to
re-send your paycheck today, to the correct address!"