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Unless an employer has an express policy denying payment for accrued leave upon separation of employment, they are required to pay it. The MD Dept. of Labor expressly so provides in its "Guide to Wage Payment and Employment Standards," which states: "where the employer does not have a written policy that limits the compensation for accrued leave to a terminated employee, that employee is entitled to the cash value of whatever unused earned vacation leave was left -- provided it was otherwise usable."
The only issue here would be that your employer had "suspended" the ability to earn or use accrued leave. This potentially creates an issue with the requirement that the time be "otherwise usable" in order to be compensable upon separation of employment. Still, I think a reasonable argument can certainly be made that payment is compulsory under the circumstances. The compensation can be pursued by filing a wage claim here.
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