California Employment Law
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If you are working within the state of California, which I presume from your post, California employment law applies to your employment. As you seem to already understand, CA law provides that employers must pay a terminated employee's accrued vacation immediately upon separation of employment. If your employer fails to do this, you can file a wage claim with the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement. They will order your employer to pay the vacation plus costly penalties for their failure to do so in a timely manner. To file a wage claim with the DLSE, visit this link: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/howtofilewageclaim.htm
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