Miriam (Gal from Guatemala who is here illigally) is a lady who helped me around the house and the kids for almost 4 years. One of the conditions to our agreement for her to come help me, was that she filed residency so she can be a legal immigrant
and pay taxes like we all do. I'd always ask her about it and she'd say "I'm working on it" ,"It takes time". Years went by and nothing happened. After 4 years I said to her: "okay, we can either go apply for your papers together and I will help you along the way, or you will have to get a job elsewhere. so her response was "I'll be leaving then" so I replied: "Okay, I give you a couple more months to find another job. Meanwhile you can help me with the interview process and training new person." She was not happy at all but continued to come to help me. I used pay her in cash for the first 3 years because she said it would help her because she didn't have an account, and to cash it costed money. The fourth year I payed in check because I was seeing a separation in my near future so I need to start lining my ducks. I would need proof to show to child support the cost for the nanny/help. Allegedly, she said to me, my ex told her that this whole thing with child support was going go affect her because IRS will see her checks and she will get deported. So she then tells me she only wants cash now, that she is leaving this job, but she would make sure to provide evidence, written receipt as well as if child support called she would explain that she gets paid in check but because she is leaving the job in a few days she asked me to pay in cash. Well, she did not comply with the agreement. Child support called her and she said she only gets cash. Which crewed me over tremendously because CSS goes with the verbal testimony despite of the fact I had provided proof for the former months. The result of this: CSS did not include child care fees in the agreement because they cannot go by "cash" payments. That day was her last day here.
NOW , I receive a letter from some organization called "Instituto Laboral de la Raza" demanding to see records of payments, bank records, statements, and hours she worked, etc…
I feel this isn't right, I am not a business, she was someone who helped me around the house and with the kids. I didn't keep hours of all those years or track of all payments. Please advise on what are my options. Thank you.