Can my former employer cancel my direct deposit in order to force me to go back to work so he can harass me?

I quit my job after a heated argument with my former boss. That ended in him
leaving me nasty voicemails and text messages and me not returning to work. I felt
that it was a hostile environment and that me continuing to work there would cause
more arguments.

After I quit, he cancelled my regular direct deposit check. Saying that I have to come
in if I want my money. Is that legal? He is only doing this in order to pick a fight with
me

Asked on June 29, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The law requires him to pay you your final paycheck(s), but it does not specify how he has to pay them. More generally, the law does not require direct deposit, or prevent an employer from discontinuing direct deposit. So unfortunately yes: he can do this.


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