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


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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.