What to do about wages owed and a final paycheck?

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What to do about wages owed and a final paycheck?

I quit my job about 2 weeks ago. My employer required us to attend mandatory meetings. If we can’t attend, we have to reschedule the meeting via email. I attempted to schedule the meeting via email but she refused since I hadn’t followed her elaborate protocols. I tried to schedule the meeting with the other supervisor and asked him not to tell her since she’s hard to get along with. Then, he reported me to her and her boss. I got reprimanded for this in an hour long meeting. They have not paid for any meeting times. They did not give me my final pay check within 3 days of this. This a federal work-study job and they deleted the icon for submitted my time sheet for this particular job online. They have no intention of paying me. Can I sue them for retaliation for reprimanding me about meeting procedures when they don’t pay me for meetings? Can I report them to HR for retaliation and unpaid mandatory meetings? Or should I go to the State Labor Board. They owe me $500 and there’s 60 employees. They owe $30,000 minimum for the weekly meetings. They’ve also not paid for “warning” meetings when people don’t follow their protocols. The boss is a complete jerk.

Asked on December 24, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

There is no legal claim or cause of acdtion for retaliation for reprimanding you about meeting procedures; unfortunately, employers are allowed to retaliate against employees at will, so long as they are not retaliating on a specifically protected basis, such as against employees due to their age over 40, sex, religion, race, or disability.

You must be paid, however, for all work you actually did. If you have not been paid $500, you could sue them (e.g. in small claims court) for that money.


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