How can I avoid legal action against me for not paying ex-employees in a timely manner?
Question Details: I had 2 guys do some work for a house I am working as a self-proprietor, they worked for a total of 9 days and I had to tell them I no longer needed them per owner's request. Money and tools were missing from the owners house. They were the only ones in that specific location in the house working when money had come up missing. Now they are demanding money from me and threating me to go to workforce to file a complaint against me. What do I do? What legal advice can you give me to help me on how to resolve this issue. What legalities do I have to back me up?
You can pay them now: if you pay them the money you owe them for the work they did, you render their complaints moot, since they will have already received what they would otherwise be seeking.
If you believe that they stole from you, you can sue them for the value of what they took (or if they stole from the home's owner, he or she can sue them). But your belief that they may have taken things is not a legal basis to withhold their pay--any claim for theft is wholly separate from the obligation to pay them.