Once you tell the employee
Dishwasher that you are not giving her anymore money and if she files a lawsuit, then you will be served with it
You will need to do a written Answer or Response and address the allegations she has made. For instance when she says you did not pay her you will Deny that allegation.
You cannot do anything, however, until you are served with those documents.
Once you file your Reponse with the same court that she filed in, then you can have your witness agree to appear in court with you. You will not need to have a subpoena
issued, because the witness is agreeing to be there for you.
No. It will not take months. Just a few hours. But where i come from Time is Money even if a few hours.
Also keep in mind that should you lose, you will not only owe her the wages, but interest on those wages and may have to pay any legal costs of hers associated with the lawsuit.
Likewise, if you win, you can have the court order her to pay your legal costs.