Can file wiht the department of labor for unpaid severance pay?
State/Country relating to question: Illinois
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Hello and thank you for the question. I am sorry to read of this dilemma. How much is owed and why has it not been paid? is it a private employer?
Gross, $17040 thats based on two pay periods per month for six months. I dont know why it hasnt been paid exactly, I believe its due to a lack of funds. I worked for a not for profit and we had a very poor board of directors. We were paid by billing our state contract. so I know moneys are owed. They will not return calls or emails.
Are they in business?
That is somewhat unclear. The entire paid staff was laif off. The board is still in the building and working. The building is still there and the phone is still on. But they are not serving the consumers.
This often is a sign of a company about to go out of business. This means you should hurry with 2 steps. The labor board is indeed a good first step. But more effective is a civil lawsuit. Since dealing with wages, can sue the company and its owners. So if company goes out of business, owners are still liable. Having a lawyer demand payment from them by letter is also an option which often leads to payment.
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