Re: Refised to Pay
well, you have a problem. Either you were a contractor or you were an employee. Without knowing more about the situation I cannot say which it actually was.
First he tells me he cannot pay me the $59 for the prevailing wage hours for that job. I said okay what else could I say.
If you were a contractor, you have the right to sue him for any money he failed to pay you including the $59/hour for the prevailing wage jobs (although he would not actually be required to pay you $59/hour as an employee which is what the law controls but if he contracted you for $59/hour, that is what he owes you)
If you were an employee, you can contact your department of labor and file a wage complaint. If you were an employee, not only will he be required to pay what you were supposed to get paid but in the prevailing wage job, his entire accounting may be audited. The state could add fines on top of requiring him to pay the proper wages.
I have to say that $35/hour for a contractor is you cutting your throat. As an independant contractor, you are required to provide your own tools, your own liability insurance, workers comp insurance (if required), and pay both employer and employer shares of SS and any other tax that a typical employer pays into.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.