I know a tower climber who is at best being treated poorly, but more likely is the victim of illegal activity. I'd appreciate any input from the forum to guide me on how to help this guy out. Facts: 1. Tower work was done under contract for a Federal agency. 2. Climber was hired as a subcontractor rather than as an employee. From what the climber told me, I don't think the climber's work qualifies for subcontractor status. For example, the climber was paid on an hourly basis, worked under direct supervision of the primary contractor, and there's no written contract. Furthermore, the climber does not climb for any other company. 3. Currently climber has NOT been paid for work completed over 8 months ago. 4. Climber has been working for this same contractor/company off and on for several years. 5. Climber has always been paid by cash or check (I think primarily cash) but has never received a 1099 Misc or W2 form. 6. Climber holds no license and although I believe he's "safety conscious" and has had some onsite safety training, I don't believe he's received any training by an OSHA certified instructor. 7. Climber has been told he's covered under contractor's insurance, but given that he's NOT an employee and has never seen the insurance policy, I doubt he could successfully make a claim if injured on a tower site. Questions: 1. What is the Federal Wage Determination for a tower climber? 2. If a climber legally meets subcontractor status (rather than employee status) and does not have any employees, does he still qualify to receive at a minimum the equivalent to the Federal Wage Determination? 3. What are the typical "legal" subcontracting arrangements for a climber (e.g., licenses, safety training, insurance, etc.) 4. Under the facts laid out above, it looks to me like there are multiple courses of action this climber could take, but my first priority is to get him paid. What's the most effective course of action to accomplish that?