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I worked for a telephone splicing contractor and he didn’t pay me for the last 2 weeks, and he turned in my time sheets and he was paid

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I was told there was a problem in my work,but was not allowed to see what was wrong. Found out the very same thing has happened to several other subcontractors. He owed me a little over 10000.00. Similar amount with the other subs too.

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Feb 18, 2019
I'm very sorry to hear about that - no one should have to fight tooth and nail to be paid what they've earned. For one, trying to talk the issue out might work, to some degree. Trying to hound the customer who fails to make payment could work, and going over their head and contacting their customer and informing them about the nonpayment could help to put pressure on the party who failed to make payment. If talking doesn't do the trick, sending a document like a Notice of Intent to Lien could get the attention of a contractor or their customer. A Notice of Intent to Lien acts as a lien warning - it states that if payment isn't made and made soon, then a lien will be filed. Regardless of whether a lien can or will ultimately be filed, a Notice of Intent to Lien can get the job done. But, if warnings aren't enough, actually taking some action - whether that be filing a mechanics lien, taking to litigation (potentially under a theory of breach of contract, unjust enrichment, or North Carolina's prompt payment laws, to name a few options), or taking to small claims court. For more on whether a North Carolina mechanics lien might be available, this resource should be invaluable: North Carolina Lien & Notice FAQs. For more on the actual filing of a North Carolina lien, this guide should be valuable, too: How to File a North Carolina Mechanics Lien.
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