Company has no money to pay me

The company I work for is slowing running out of money.
The board will not allow the company to file bankruptcy. I was due to
be paid the 15th and the 30th of the month. I am one of two employees left. As of today (Oct 2), I have received no compensation for work and
reimbursements for office expenses. My question is two-fold. First, what can I do to get my paycheck for this month? I'm a single mom and need the
money to pay bills, like everybody. Second, should I still come to work
even though they will not be able to pay me? I travel 1 hour to work
and pay tolls each way.

Thanks for your help.

1 answer  |  asked Oct 2, 2003 11:39 AM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

Answers (1)

Margaret A. Harris
Working for Free -- and Paying for the Privilege

Sounds like the decision-makers are relying on you feeling sorry for them, or trying to make you feel guilty for "deserting" them. Well, the company deserted you first.

Nothing in what you wrote would cause me to recommend that you keep working for this company. You need, and deserve, to be paid. Tell them that, if you had the time to do volunteer work, you would be at the animal shelter [or some other charity of your choice]!

Go to the Texas Workforce Commission and file for (a) unpaid wages and (b) unemployment compensation.

There is no reason to spend more of your money (the tolls) to donate time to the owners of a company that do not even respect you enough to give you the paycheck you've earned, and if you keep working for free, it will be that much longer before you qualify for unemployment compensation.

posted by Margaret A. Harris  |  Oct 2, 2003 7:02 PM [EST]

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