You have a right to be paid for your services. I recommend that you discuss the matter with your employer and insist on being paid. Failing which, I suggest you contact a good lawyer in your neighborhood to negotiate on your behalf. Under the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act [ACWIA], Employers are not allowed to “bench” employees and penalize them by non-payment of salary due to them. The Department of Labor’s Hour and Wage department could also assist you in your endeavor to obtain back wages.