This is the second time I got scammed by another mom while working as a nanny. Both times, the mothers I was working for tried to not pay me everything they owed me when I quit the job for understandable reasons. The first time it was for a whole week's pay, like $500, and the woman kept denying she owed me any money and tried to physically push me out of her house but I called 911 because that's how angry I was and the police stayed at the house until she finally wrote me the check after 20 minutes. From that I learned to always write a nanny contract in case I need to take something to small claims.
This time, I still haven't gotten paid for my last day of work. It's not much money because it's just for one day and I only worked 2-3 hours a day for this job. Because the mom really tried to befriend me as an equal, and their house was a 10 minute walk away from me, and because it was a small part time job, I didn't think I needed to write a contract. (What a mistake. I know, this part is my fault).
Fishy enough, even though I worked M-F, when the first Friday rolled around she said I would get paid each Friday for my work Friday-Thursday, not Monday-Friday, even tho they were paying under the table just writing a check. I contacted her Saturday quitting the job because I wasn't getting paid enough for what I was doing for them (she scammed me in the job description too). That was almost 2 weeks ago now, and since then I've been trying to get my check for working Friday since on Friday she only paid me for that week up til Thursday, not including Friday.
I hate it when people try to scam me, so I've been calling, texting, and I've gone to their house twice to see if they're there - no one answered, no one is responding texts or calls.
Both times this has happened, it's been with upper middle class/wealthy families. I don't understand how people perfectly well off can treat a woman this way, I was polite and friendly and professional with them the whole time. I've been in this industry for 6 years and am very qualified. I'm leaving because I'm tired of the way people treat their nannies. I can stand up for myself, but I'm always super nice and friendly until I have to stand up for myself. Maybe I come across as someone who can be taken advantage of because I'm nice and I'm young, but I still I don't get how people have it in their heart to scam an innocent nanny.
Actually, I could go on and on about how many mothers treat their nannies like shit, even when the nanny is a professional adult just like them. But I've already written a lot.