It costs like $250 to file a small claim.
I would just forget it. I had am old boss owe me around the same amount in commission when I left and went back to school. Told him a month in advance and he was still shocked when I said it was my 2nd to last day.
Took him to court and he just said I never made the sales that I did. I didn't have receipts our any way to prove it and he just said I was a junior salesman who didn't make commission.
Small claims is a major PITA. I have done it, and the process to get someone to pay you requires you to fill out paperwork 4 different times even before you get paid. If they don't want to pay you after a loss, it takes more money and more paperwork.
I sued someone for $1200. After all was said and done, it took a year to start getting paid and his cost ended up being like $1500 after everything