I was employed by an employment agency as a temp. in July 2015. I worked a few days
on job on an office building in Raleigh and was shorted on my check due to an accounting error. They took out taxes and other withholding on a material reimbursement. The first check had been correctly done. Upon noticing their error I contacted them on Monday and asked for them to look into the matter. I was told the HR manager was busy and would call Friday. They did not return the call. The next week, I called again, still no reply. On the third call I spoke to the HR manager and she got confrontational and said she did not make an error. They never called me to work since and never looked into the matter, even after filing with the NC labor
dept. I am more concerned with their terminating me than the money they shorted me. (less than $100). After filing with the Labor Dept., I called the CEO, who I worked closely with, and he said if I came that day to his office he would pay me. But, was 20 miles to his office to collect. It would cost more in mileage and time than the amount owed. Also, I had already sent an E-mail saying since it had been over 90 days and the company refused to correct their error I would let the labor dept.handle it and would seek compensation for retaliation
on their part. A few days later I texted him as to whether he had looked into the error and he texted "hold on a minute"; after playing phone tag for a few days (my father had suddenly passed), he failed to respond to my last call and I haven't spoken to him since.
My question is will the labor dept. be likely to consider this as 1) Frivilous on my part or, 2) as retalitory on their part and 3) how likely am I to collect from the Labor Dept. investigation ?
I know it is not much money, but it will be a problem I will have to pay $200 and several hours to correct their mistake. Plus, they refused to deal with the problem for so long.