Overpayment from vacation used unoccured

I need some help in to my situation. I recently
parted ways from a company i worked for, for 3
years. They sent me a letter stating I used
vacation time before I occurred it and want me
to pay them back for 19.97 hours. The sent me
the break down of the taxes and labeled the
date January 01 1990. Odd. But I figured they
would take that money out of my last paycheck
and they did not. Do I have to pay them back ?
Or if i did not, what would happe ?

Asked on December 26, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, West Virginia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you were in fact overpaid--that is, if they are factually correct about the amount of overpayment (pay beyond what you were entitled to for the work or hours you put in)--you must repay them; the law is very clear that an accidental overpayment in no way entitles you to keep the money. If you do not repay them, they could sue you for the money and--again, if they are factually correct--will win.

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