Should I accept back pay without asking for more info?

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Should I accept back pay without asking for more info?

I was contacted by phone by an old
employer that I would be receiving a
check from them due to an error with
their timekeeping software. They
notified me I would be receiving
certified mail to receive the check.
When I sign for this certified mail am I
giving up my right to ask for more back-
pay if there is more that they owe me?

Asked on May 20, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Kansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, unless you actually sign some agreement stating that you are accepting the payment in exchange for giving up any claims you may have, or in full consideration or compensation for any claims you may have (or language to this effect), you will not be giving up any right(s) to sue by accepting the money. Accepting payment, without an agreement to not sue or give up claims, does not prevent you from pursuing otherwise valid claims.


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