Need some advice. The business I work for (one man operation its just me, owner has full time job elsewhere) has been running short on money and is internally funded by whatever work I can drag in. If I can't bring it in it's not my fault. I'm not bound to any contracts or anything like that it is what it is. Owner has to fork over her own personal money to cover my payroll. I felt sorry for the owner because her previous partner messed things up and put the business into some debt. But I should have heard the partners side first before I heard the other side. I gave in and let her pay me under the table one time so she could save a couple hundred bucks. I didn't think it would happen again but this last time there was enough money in that should of covered a payroll check and she paid me under the table again. Her excuse this time was "So we can pay some of your doctor bills" since there is no insurance coverage. Was like thanks for the warning. She has done this four times since April this year. The two checks in July bounced and I was running check to check at this particular time so I didn't want to enforce anything at that time till I could financially recover from that mess. (in short stir up shit) They cleared a few days later but still doesn't make up for the loss in electronic debits that came out. (ie bounce fees and late fees). I seen a lawyer today but he can't get me in till next Friday on the 18th. Payday is around the corner and surely she wouldn't do it again but chances are there. Lawyer charges $150 an hour. If she 1099s me, I will be paying taxes on an income that is less than what I was originally making. She claims she won't do it but I can't risk that. Each check $1k a piece totaling $4000. Last Thursday I tried to be civilized about it and talk to her about this and have her sign a contract that says you will pay me what you owe me in back taxes for my own protection but she didn't even read it. She had a no compete contract in her hand she wanted me to sign which I declined to do so. I don't have to sign a no compete and under no obligation to do so since she was supposed to do it at the time I was hired, not a year later. Kinda blackmailing me or something basically, "I'll sign whatever, if you sign this" was her words. If I can make it thru this check and next one I'll be financially ok to just go my way provided she does a normal payroll check. I'm just wondering if my execution or timing is going to play a key role here. She knows I won't sign a no compete now and I believe she is searching for a replacement at this particular time. Should I act now? Ride it out and collect a little more income? Right now I'm pretty broke. Regardless of what I do I am going to be out of a job that is for certain.