When can I expect my final paycheck if I was fired?

I was working for a company for 3 days and then they told me it was not working out. They get paid today, do I have to wait until next week to get paid if I was let go 2 days ago? In VA.

Asked on November 4, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If an employee has been fired, an employer must issue a final paycheck on or before the next regularly scheduled pay date. Additionally, an employer can only make deductions from an employee’s final paycheck that are required under federal or state law or deductions that the employee has specifically authorized in writing. There are no circumstances under which an employer can totally withhold a final paycheck. Further, employers are required to issue a final paycheck containing compensation for all earned, unpaid wages. If an employee is unable to obtain their final paycheck, they can contact the VA Department of Labor and Industry (Labor and Employment Law Division) in order to file a payment of wage claim against their former employer. 

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