What can I do if I resigned from my previous teaching job and my former principal is withholding my last paycheck?

She is claiming that I have not fulfilled my obligations by not turning in an equipment inventory electronically. I had done an inventory on paper then later sent one electronically. It is approaching 3 months past due for my last paycheck.

Asked on October 28, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

She is not allowed to withhold your last paycheck, even if you had not fulfilled all obligations. You have the right to be paid and she is long past when she was suppposed to pay you. You could sue her for the money (and for any losses you incurred due to not having the money (such as if you bounced checks, incurred late fees, etc.). Depending on how much is at stake, suing in small claims court, acting as your own attorney ("pro se") may be a good option.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

She is not allowed to withhold your last paycheck, even if you had not fulfilled all obligations. You have the right to be paid and she is long past when she was suppposed to pay you. You could sue her for the money (and for any losses you incurred due to not having the money (such as if you bounced checks, incurred late fees, etc.). Depending on how much is at stake, suing in small claims court, acting as your own attorney ("pro se") may be a good option.


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