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What state are you in? Was this money owed to you because you recently left your employment or for some other reason?
You should do two things. First, contact your state labor commission because you were not paid all compensation due to you upon your lay off. This agency has the authority to recover the amount you should have been paid and assess significant penalties against the employer.
In addition, you should contact an employment law attorney in your area. The employer can likely be held liable for breach of contract, along with all foreseeable costs and expenses you incur attempting to recover the amount that is due to you. Look for an attorney who offers free consultations and takes contingency fee cases.
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