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I was terminated on 6 days ago from a non-profit. I have still not received my final wages. I was also terminated after an internal investigation was conducted. The agency cited several policies that they presume were not followed but no documentation can prove this to be fact. Do I have grounds to file a formal complaint about either of these?
Asked on September 6, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, New Hampshire
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
In your state, if you were terminated from employment, as your question indicates, you are due your final paycheck within 72 hours, unless the termination was a layoff (e.g. due to a restructuring or reduction in force), in which case it is due at the next regularly scheduled pay period. If not paid within the appropriate time frame, you could contact your state labor department.
If you did not have a written employment contract, you were an "employee at will" and could be terminated at any time, for any reason, regardless of policies, prior notice or warnings, or evidence; i.e. your employer can simply decide to terminate you.
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