So, one of my jobs is life modeling. I do this for both private studios who pay straight up under the table and for schools I have to register with as an independent worker.
Anyway, I had modeled on the 17th last month for about 5 hours at a school. Generally what you do is every time you have a session that isn't private, you fill out a small form to get paid; name, hours worked, if you want the check held at the front desk for you or mailed to you, etc. Anyway, I always have them mail it. The pay is bi-weekly and I usually get these checks within a week, sometimes two.
The first week the check didn't come, I didn't sweat it. "Whatever, it should come next week because the pay period obviously had to restart." Two weeks pass and I'm getting a bit worried. I gave it a couple more days before contacting the school. I spoke with the woman who runs the models' pay roll and told her to check the records to see if the check was cashed. I checked my own records and confirmed that I did not ever get the check.
So, no check in the mail yet. I called them back two days ago and spoke with the woman at the front desk (not the one who runs the payment) and told her about my predicament. I had to leave a message for the first woman, again addressing the fact that I didn't get paid. The front desk woman said that some peoples' checks got backed up...but seriously, it's been nearly a month and I would like that money by now.
The only thing I can think to do at this point is barge into the office and talk to the pay roll woman directly about this. It's pretty ridiculous but I do not work for free. I want my money, and I want them to double check their payroll to make sure that they actually sent the damn thing out to me and no jack ass got a hold of the check in the mail and tried to cash it. It's also highly possible that on the form, I picked the wrong box and had them hold it at the front desk.
Tl;dr: I didn't get paid for a modeling session for almost a month now and I'm pissed off as hell because bad communication is bad.