Am I Owed payment immediately?

I live in Colorado, and I am not aware of how it works all over the US, but if you”re terminated, the employer must pay you within 24 hours, minus a few exceptions. I recently had a dispute at work, walked out and then talked to a manager about switching shifts to avoid future disputes. They agreed. The day of my paperwork to switch departments, the manager informed me that the other managers and them had agreed to move on from me. I brought up my point about final pay in the subsequent correspondence they said I walked off and my status was not terminated. They had merely discussed me. Am I misreading the situation or are they backing off from paying me in a legal timeframe?

Asked on March 15, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If you "walk out" your employer may legitimately consider that resignation or quitting: you can resign by actions as well by words, and wallking away from your job is to literally leave it. In your state, if you resign or quit, you have to be paid at the next regularly scheduled payday, not earlier: they only owe you your final pay within 24 hours when the company terminates you, not when you leave them.


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