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How do I sue a school for breach of contract (unpaid money) as an independent contractor?

1 Answers. Asked on Feb 14th, 2017 on Contracts - New York
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A college I work for as a music director/pianist paid me less than my normal hourly rate after completing all of the rehearsals and performances for a musical. The justification is it was more than he expected/wanted to pay, and that was that. This happened on two different musicals. For about 9 years before, all rehearsals and performances were always invoiced with my hours worked and were always paid in full with the next pay period. The total is approx $2,500. Can I sue a school or the administrator who made the decision to cheat me? Is small claims the way or a larger lawsuit? Help please!
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Answered on Feb 18th, 2017 at 8:14 AM

Small claims. 

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Most people and business enter into contracts on almost a daily basis. Simply put, a contract is a legally binding agreement between two parties. One party makes an offer to do something in exchange for "consideration," or payment, and the other party accepts that offer. Contacts can be verbal, in writing or even implied. Some contracts--such as signed credit card receipts--are very simple. Others--such as those used to buy or sell real estate--are far more complicated. If you are entering into a complex transaction, it pays to hire a contract law attorney as early as possible in the process. Your lawyer can help negotiate the terms and conditions of the agreement, then draft the contract or review the contract that has been presented to you. Law firms with experience in contract law can also defend you if you or your company has been accused of breaching a contract, or if you need assistance enforcing a existing contract.
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