My last employer refuses to pay me my last two weeks of pay.

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My last employer refuses to pay me my last two weeks of pay.

I quit working for Statewide Auto Transport on October 28, 2016. As of my last
day 10/28/16 I was owed four 4 weeks, 21.75, 11.00, 34.25 and 33.5 hours
pay. On my last day I provided Statewide with four 4 self addressed and
stamped envelopes for Statewide to mail my checks. After two 2 weeks I received
the checks for two 2 weeks 21.75 11.00 hours. I have tried several times to
get the last two 2 weeks checks but the owner refuses to send them, or give
them to me when I met with him at his request. Who do I report him to, or how do
I get help getting paid?

Asked on January 5, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the employer in small claims court for breach of contract / account stated.
Although you may not have a formal contract, you have an implied contract that you will do the work in return for payment.
Therefore, the employer is in breach of contract for failure to pay you.
Your damages (monetary compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit) would be the amount you are owed.  Upon prevailing in the case, you can also recover court costs  which include the court filing fee and process server fee.


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