Does my ex employer have to pay me my last check?

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Does my ex employer have to pay me my last check?

I worked for this company for almost a
year. The manager would get up set
and put a third party into our schedule
just to cut our hours. So the last straw
for me was when she sent her brothers
girlfriend out to work with Cody and I to
spy and tell her things. I would find her
not working but standing outside door
ways listening to what was being said
while someone inside the office would
speak to me. It was confirmed when I
turned in our time sheets and was told
that Cody nor I would be getting our
last check because we quit without
giving a 2 week notice and she had
heard that I was asking people in the
businesses to help me find a job. Cody
was told that he could not return to
work after he slipped and fell out of the
shower without a dr’s note, but 5
minutes later she called and said he
could work that day but had to bring a
note. The real reason was because her
spy decided she wanted to be off and I
would have to work by my self.

Asked on June 27, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

She does not know what employment at will means. It means you can terminate an employee at any time, for any reason, without warning or notice--but it does NOT mean that you can steal from employees by not paying them for work they did. The law is very clear that if you performed work, you must be paid for it; even if you ended up being fired or terminated, or even if you quit voluntarily, you have to be paid for all the work you did up to the moment your employment ended. You can sue the employer for your unpaid paycheck; suing in small claims court, as your own attorney "pro se" may be a fast, cost-effective option.


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