Can my former employer legally be made to pay me my final paycheck?

My last paycheck from a company that I resigned from has bounced 3 times. I was told that it would clear if I redeposited the check. It did not clear. I called and demanded a new check. I was told I would get another one and that it would clear. My husband picked it up for me and I deposited it. It also bounced. What are my legal options? I believe that this company is trying to get away with not paying me because I resigned. I have an official acknowledgement that I submitted a letter of resignation. The hours that I worked were at least 2-3

weeks prior to my resignation.

Asked on December 8, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

You can sue your employer for the money: you sue them based on "breach of contract," or violation of the agreement (whether written or oral/unwritten) according to which you agreed to work in exchange for pay. Since you did your part (you worked), they are contractually obligated to do their part and pay you. You can also sue for any other costs (e.g. any "bounced check" fees) you incurred as a direct result of their falure to pay you. If the amount is less than the limit for small claims court, suing in small claims, as your own attorey or "pro se," is an excellent, cost effective option.


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