Background: Internship in Ohio, USA with agreed upon stipend of $5,000 for the summer semester.
The following was sent as an email regarding payment in the contract:
Please ensure the student knows that the total amount of compensation will be $5,000 plus whatever you are supplementing the salary with from your own budget.
At the end of the summer, your department will receive a total amount of $5,000 as reimbursement for the salary expenses during the summer. Your department will be responsible for any expenses beyond the total, $5,000.
I'm missing $1,300 from my total stipend before taxes. When I asked about this issue with my supervisor, I was told:
My manager and I reviewed the information. Initially $500 was deducted to cover fringe benefits which is an expense the department has to pay for all employees. The remaining amount deducted was taxes, so there will not be any additional payments.
I didn't take any serious actions during the internship because I didn't want my supervisor to take it out on my grade for the internship but now I'm considering small claims court.
Question: What are my other options?
- $3700 gross income for employment period.
- W-2 Employee
- Not part of a Union or had Equipment expenses