12 Steps to a Courtroom Victory
Even if you're only 13. True story.
- •Find job through Teen Summer Work Program.By the age of 13, I was already a seasoned babysitter.
- •Interview with potential employers.Obviously I couldn't drive yet. Luckily the job was at an apartment complex within walking distance of home.
- •Get the job!!So excited! Caring for a 12 month old and 2 1/2 toddler, both girls. Both in diapers.
- •Be on time, exceed expectations and delight your 'customers'.I did it all-prepared the lunch or dinner, fed them, cleaned up, took them to the park, read to them, bathed them and put them to bed.
- •Be flexible & available when needed.My 'employer' was a single mom who worked as bartender and had a really erratic schedule. That meant I was more or less on call.
- •Get paid. Until the company is having financial difficulties.Sure, I understand things are tight right now. Yes, I can wait till you get paid. No, problem, groceries and rent come first (???)
- •Promise of a BONUS when we work out this whole money situation.Two months and no pay. Trying to be patient (I still trust everybody, I'm only 13) and these babies need me.
- •We appreciate everything you've done but we won't require your services in the future.No, I wasn't fired but summer was over and time to go back to school. But I was not paid for two months of work. Repeatedly stopping by, finally with my Dad, to see if she had my money. So after getting nowhere I...
- •Filed an affidavit with the courtForms are filled out with dates, circumstances and pertinent details. I don't know what happened behind the scenes but after the papers are filed, the defendant is served, guaranteeing the documents are in her possession.
- •Show up in court.It wasn't really scary or a big deal-in my case, the small amount of money owed ($560) made it routine. Other than my age, that is. I was there, she wasn't and the judge ruled in my favor.
- •Wait.After it was determined she legally owed me the money, it took a few days for her to pay me. She also deducted $30 for food I ate (cheapskate, I practically lived there!) Of course I said, fine and finally received $530.
- •Take the money. Case closed. And always remember...