I worked for a web-design company for about 9 months, and was laid off almost 6 months ago, because my employer was unable to continue to afford to pay me. At the time, he was behind on payment for a quite significant (several grand) sum of money. As of right now, I am still owed that money.
Every time I call to ask for the money I'm owed, I always get the answer "I am waiting for a check to come in, and I will have your money by the end of the week"
So far, it has been 6 months, and apparently, the "week" isn't over yet.
The employer is a family friend, and I know he means well, so I don't want to involve a lawsuit, but I still want to get my money.
So for my question: How can I convince him to (actually) give me the money, without causing any legal trouble or significant strain on the relationship?
Edit: As for jcmeloni's comment, it was basically a summer job (only a little longer...), he never actually had me sign a contract (I'm 18, and it was my first job, so I didn't think to make him write one), however he had agreed to pay me at a rate of $15 an hour.