If I was fired from work for stealing $10, will I still receive my paycheck?

I worked at a gas station. I stole $10 out of the till and they caught me on camera so I was fired. I’m afraid that they will press charges as I’m only 18 and it will ruin my job oppurtunities in the future. Will I receive my check? Should I ask for it?

Asked on July 8, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Legally, even if you were fired for theft, you are entitled to your paycheck--employers may not withhold an employee's pay without the employee's consent or as required by law (e.g. FICA). That said, whether you think it's a good idea to ask for the money or not in this situation is up to you--you need to weigh the likely outcome, or what you think will happen, against what is owed you.

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