My former employer owes me past wages and vacation time money and have now filed chapter 7 bankruptcy do i need to appear at the hearing?

Should I attend the bankruptcy meeting to represent myself and will the money they owe me be discharged with the chapter 7 filing?

Asked on July 5, 2009 under Bankruptcy Law, California


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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unpaid wages and the like continue to rank as preferred claims in a bankruptcy behind secured creditors but ahead of ordinary creditors.  If you have not already done so file a wage claim then, although you don't have to, attend the meeting of creditors to make sure that your interests are fully protected.  Employees who are owed wages share in the remaining assets of their bankrupt employer.  In some cases, there will be sufficient assets to satisfy employee claims in full; in others, employees may be compensated for only a portion of their claims or receive nothing at all.

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