Thank you. In that case I'm afraid to say that the only law that would have protected your employment (the Family Medical Leave Act) does not apply. Since employment in AZ is otherwise "at will
," you can be terminated for taking too much time off to care for a dying relative, even if doing so is completely unfair and morally wrong.
As far as your final wages
are concerned, Arizona Rev. Stat. 23-353 mandates that an employer pay an employee's final earned wages within the earlier of 7 days after the employee is let go or the next regularly scheduled pay period
. If your final wages are not paid within that time frame and the amount is less than $5,000, you can file a wage claim with the AZ Labor
Board (the Labor Board max is $5,000). If the amount is more, you will need to file a lawsuit in civil court.
As far as your belongings are concerned, I can't imagine that your former employer will not return those to you or allow you to pick them up, especially since they are a law firm. However, if they don't, you cn contact the police since their actions would constitute the criminal act of conversion. You could also sue in civil court for the items' return. Typically, it would be best to send a letter via certified mail threatening these remedies before pursuing them. Your former employer has nothing to gain by keeping your personal belongings and so this threat will likely cause them to act.
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