Can an old employer hold your paycheck because they are angry that you quit your job without giving them 2 weeks notice?

I recently started a job and was in training, however while in training I realized that I did not want to work for this employer since they treat their employees badly and at the same time my father had just gone through surgery. So I decided to quit without notifying my employer 2 weeks in advance. I just quit on the spot. I then called my ex-employer and spoke to the supervisor/office manager; she said she would hold it until she felt like sending it out becuse I wasted her time .

Asked on July 2, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, the employer may not do this. Employers may only withhold an employee's pay 1) with the employee's consent or agreement; or 2) as required by law (such as FICA or court-ordered wage garnishment). Being "angry" at having their "time wasted" is NOT legal grounds for withholding pay, and the employee could sue (such as in small claims court) to recover it.


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