Can my employer cut my earned vacation pay?

My General Manager has OK’d my vacation for 4 weeks. He has signed the form for 3 weeks but now he is saying I cannot have my 4th week even though he verbally approved it.

Asked on June 29, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, promises are not enforceable unless you gave consideration for the promise, to turn it into a contract. Therefore, if you gave or did something in exchange for the extra week--for example, took on additional duties, accepted a change in your job--then you may be able to enforce the promise of the additional week. However, if there was no consideration--nothing of value given or promised by you in exchange for the week of vacation--you would not be able to enforce the promise.

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