can my previous employer withhold my final check?
Hello, I was let go from my job almost three weeks ago and after the pay period ended i have not received my final paycheck. I emailed my previous employer asking about the status of my final paycheck and she advised me that I am not going to receive a final check. Can my previous employer withhold my final check that includes last week, vacation and sick time owed to me? is there anything i can do? thank you.2 answers | asked Jun 26, 2010 03:13 AM [EST] | applies to California
posted by Elisa Ungerman | Jun 26, 2010 1:54 PM [EST]
if it is only you who have been denied pay, you can file your claim with the california dept. of labor standards enforcement (www.dir.ca.gov/dlse. the commissioner will contact your employer and (relatively!) quickly resolve your claim.
it is a violation of california law to withhold final pay and accrued vacation time when an employee is terminated for any reason. you also are entitled to hefty penalties for the withholding, up to 30 days of pay.
posted by Janet M. Koehn | Jun 26, 2010 1:51 PM [EST]
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