Am I entitled to my earned but unused vacation pay if i quit my job?

I live in CT.

Asked on April 7, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

CT has no law (like most other states) that requires a company to pay workers for accrued vacation time upon their termination (whether they quit or are fired). Employers are not required to give workers vacation benefits but each company can establish their own policies for providing it, including whether employees will be paid for accrued vacation time at termination. That having been said, the law does require that any company with a policy to pay workers for accrued vacation time follow that policy (although a company which has never paid employees for their vacation time is not required to enact such a policy). In other words, if an employer has paid for vacation time in the past under comparable circumstances, then it must continue to pay for this time. Failure to so could constitute actionable discrimination. Accordingly, companies must provide benefits without regard to race, age (over 40), color, sex, religion, pregnancy, disability or country of origin. Note: if there exists an employment contract or union agreement that specifically addresses vaction benefits upon a worker's departure, that will control.


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