What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
I have a few questions concerning room and board in exchange for work.
I have recently moved to Los Angeles and in exchange for working for a music promotions company, I receive free room and board. My boss has told me that I am required to work 9AM-PM (13 hrs) or he will kick me out.
I do not have a written contract with him on this as he believes that a handshake is all you need and his word is his honor. In another words, I have a partial oral contract and signed paper saying that I will help him by placing a car in my name, open a checking account for him, and place his storage units in his name. I also have a non compete-non disclosure agreement as well.
He has also not paid another employee because he was considered an independent contractor and he was subjected to the same 12 hour day work rule. Also he has been bringing some girls from France in here to work and expects then to work 40 hours a week and they do not have a work visa.
After doing this, he told me that he owes over 70,000 in back taxes, he is being sued for $60,000 and he has a judgement against him for $500,000 from an accident. I have also found out he has been forging my signature with the debit card, and one of the storage units.
My biggest questions are
Can he fire me and throw me out on the street if I do not meet his demands?
Can the non compete contract hold up in court if I leave despite not being paid?