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Thank you for your question.If I may ask, how much are you estimating you are owed?
Thank you for your follow-up, Shauna.I am genuinely sorry to hear that you are in this situation but there are options. First of all the company cannot simply 'wipe out' the debt that they owe you. That is compensation you have earned, meaning that you are entitled to such benefit. While they could change the compensation structure moving forward, anything you earned before the change is yours to receive. The reason I asked about amount is because in Arizona small claims courts only have a $2,500 limit--while you can take the employer to court for damages and this debt, if you go to small claims you would lose out on a part of your obligation. Your other options would be to instead go to the Department of Labor and file a wage grievance with the state, or take the employer to a higher court for the full debt that they may owe you. But you can absolutely make them pay you back what you have earned.Good luck.
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