I'm 90% sure I'm getting fcuked around here but thought I'd get a different opinion on it... I'm a Freelance Graphic Artist so basically move around working for various companies on short & long term contract, usually through agencies who pay me so its not normally an issue. Occasionally I will work for someone direct and invoice them with the agreement of prompt payment, this is one of those situations... Got a call 3 weeks ago from some guy up in Gosford who had contacted me via a website where I had put up my CV. Said he was urgently looking for someone to help out over the next 3 days, would I be interested and did I have any references. I wasn't doing anything at the time so said sure...sent him references which he checked out, we agreed on a trial basis (below rate) price for the 3 days and I went up there. It was clearly a small outfit, smaller than he had made it out to be over the phone and I also quickly realised that his 'partner'/studio manager in the business was also his partner personaly. They never disclosed this though and from what I can tell do everything possible not to purvey this, however it was confirmed to me by one of the girls working there. A red flag to me (why wouldn't they tell me that) but anyway the environment was professional and over the next 3 days we got the job done, and the client was happy as were they. It was left with the guy who I had been doing all the negotiating with on the Friday that I would send him an invoice which would "go through" on the Monday. He told me he would be calling me tomorrow morning (Sat) to confirm a roll out as they would likely need me back next week. That was fine, however he didn't call on Saturday....I thought well its the weekend so expected to hear from him on Monday as I emailed him the invoice over the weekend. Didn't call on Monday. So Monday night I email him checking he received the invoice and that I wanted to touch base with him re work so I could plan my week... First thing Tuesday morning I get an email thanking me for the work etc and that "he was just going into a meeting and would have a proposal for me when he got out"....by 4.30 I had heard nothing so called him explaining I had other companies offering me work so needed to know what was happening at his end. Said he would definately have something to me overnight. Nothing arrived via email and no phone call. By now I've decided this guy is hard work and my focus shifted to getting paid (owes me $700) so emailed him advising that I have taken other work as I had not heard from him and when can I expect to get paid? This is Wednesday the following week....hear nothing back via email. Thursday I call and leave a voicemail specifically asking when the money will go through....being extremely polite but explaining I need to budget. I get an email Thursday night stating that the accounts lady (who has never been mentioned before) will be in on Friday and the money will go through that day. She will also email me a confirmation of transaction...they have my account details on the invoice. Saturday I check. No money. Email him first thing Monday asking whats happening as the money was not there. Get a prompt reply at 8.30am explaining that payments were made on Friday however it could take an extra day for 3rd party payments to go through, he says hes going through it now and will get back to me ASAP. I do not hear back from him that day (yesterday). First thing this morning I let him know the money has not gone through, and that I have not heard anything from the 'accounts dept' via correspondence, so can only assume it was not paid last Friday. Get an email back this morning saying he was assured payments had been made and that he was going through online receipts now. That was at 8.30am....I have not heard from him since. I sent him an email tonight requesting to come up personaly tomorrow and pick up a cheque. Now I'm 90% sure this guy is spinning me BS hoping I will just go away...its evident in his lack of effort to get back to me, but I'm involved so what do you think? I feel a small claims law suit coming on as I'm not going to drop it.