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If you factor in wages for the time you 'unofficially worked' how much of the loan do you still owe him?
That being the case you can raise a claim for unlawful deduction from wages. You should start early conciliation with ACAS http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4028 to lodge a dispute which will hopefully resolve matters.
If it does not then you can raise a claim in the Employment Tribunal www.employmenttribunals.gov.uk
He cannot hide behind the fact that this work was 'unofficial' to refuse to pay you. The employment tribunal will consider emails/ text as adequate evidence of the fact you carried out the work.
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Hello Heidi is there anything further you would like to know about this?
It is classed as an 'unlawful deduction' when wages are not paid.
Yes he can't avoid paying you because you were not on a payroll. Legally a text message would stand as evidence.
He can still attempt to sue you for the 'loan' if he does that then you can counter sue for the unpaid wages.
Personally I would not let him get away with it.
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