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I was screwed out of over $12,000 in vacation pay. Is there

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I was screwed out of over $12,000 in vacation pay. Is there a statue of limitations on vacation pay? What he did was we merged with another company in 2010 and wiped out everyones vacation.
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Before we begin a bit more detail would be helpful.

Which state are you located?

Did you have a written employment contract which provided for vacation pay?

Was their a written policy regarding vacation pay?

Have any other employees sued successfully for the vacation pay?

Thank you.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

In California, no written contract but as of day one I was to get 3 weeks per year and it is on all my pay stubs. Then when we merged he just whip it out and I had accrued over 144 hours. No I do think anyone else has sued yet.

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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer.


I'm very sorry to hear about your situation and hope I can help.


The statute of limitations for unpaid vacation pay (as well as any unpaid wages) is three years from when the employer reneged and didn't pay the vacation pay.


Instead of filing suit, however, I would suggest that you file a wage claim if you haven't already done so, as there is no cost and you do not need a lawyer to do so.


You can file a wage claim using the information available online here:


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Thanks and best of luck!

Joseph, Lawyer
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