What can I do if I haven’t received my final paycheck that I should have received 6 days ago?

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What can I do if I haven’t received my final paycheck that I should have received 6 days ago?

In my contract it stated I was supposed to be paid on the 5th and 20th. Well the 20th came and was told my check would be mailed to me. I never received it in the mail and it’s going on day 6. What legal recourse do I have?

Asked on November 26, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Utah

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Your only legal recourse is to sue to receive the money. While you may sue in small claims court, where you can act as your own attorney and costs are significantly lower, it will still cost some money and take time. Before you get to that stage, it may be better to ask your employer to cancel the previous check, issue another one, and let you pick it up in person (or else send it in some way they can track, such as Fed Ex). If they won't you can always file a lawsuit.


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