What steps can I take if I was laid off and am not being paid?

Asked on September 19, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you did not have an employment contract, you may be laid off at any time, for any reason. (You are an employee at will.) However, you must be paid for all the work you did up to when you were laid off. If not paid for work you did--e.g. if the employer is not providing a paycheck which it should have--you could contact your state labor department to see if they help, or else sue the employer (such as in small claims court, where you could act as your own attorney) for the money.


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