Hello again Kim and thank you for all of the additional information. I need to address the severance pay before the other issues, because if you signed a legal waiver/release as a part of receiving this severance (which is the usual procedure), then the rest of the issues are moot. Meaning that the legal waiver would have said that you waive any legal right to file suit for any alleged wrongdoing or outstanding legal claims with the company. That means you could not file suit for wrongful termination or for unpaid wages
, etc., if you signed such a waiver even if those issues were valid. Of course, if you did not sign a waiver then the issues are still relevant.
In terms of wrongful termination, Louisiana, like most states, is an employment "at will
" state. That means than an employer may terminate an employee for any, or no, reason and with no notice or warning unless the termination
would violate an employment contract
, company policy or employment discrimination
law. So, unless one of the exceptions applies in your case, your employer could terminate you, or lay you off, even if the reason was arbitrary and unfair. Of course if, for example, you are in a protected class and believe that this was the reason you were let go, then you migh have a discrimination case/wrongful termination that you would want to speak to a local employment law
As far as your unpaid expenses go. If the employer has a written policy or practice where they pay all employees' relocation expenses, and you did not waive that payment, then that would be a valid debt that you could file suit for under a breach of contract
claim. As for the per diem, if you waived it, then since there is no law that requires the payment of per diem to employees, especially exempt employees such as yourself, there would be no legal claim to that money.
The raise, if it was due before you were let go, and unpaid, is a valid wage claim that you can file with the State or file suit, again for breach of contract.
Again though, all of the wrongful termination and wage issues are moot if you signed a legal waiver when you recieved your severance pay.
Please feel free to ask any related follow up questions that you might have. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.