Can a company not pay you for vacation that they granted you to take?

I recently left my job but a week and a
half before I left I had set up vacation
when I first started working there for
the week of Dec 4th. It was never
approved or denied and when it came to
Dec 4th i was at work. I logged into my
computer for work and checked my
schedule and I was not schedule and it
stated vacation for me. I then alerted
my manager and he informed me it was
true i was on vacation and to go home.
Well today I received my paycheck for
the week of my vacation and they did not
pay me. What can I do to fix this? My
manager confirmed to me that I had
vacation and i was going to get paid for
vacation via text message. How can I go
about to get my money? My paycheck
should have been around 500.

Asked on December 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The time frame for when your employment ended is not entirely clear from your question. As a general matter, it does not matter if an employee had previously scheduled vacation: once your employment ends, the employer does not need to pay you for vacation the same way they don't need to pay the employee his or her wages or salary once employment ends. Once employment ends, so does pay from employment.


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