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In NC, an employer is not required to pay an employee for their accrued sick days unless they have a policy which expressly so requires. An employer may adopt a policy to deny payment of accrued vacation, but in the absence of such an express policy, accrued vacation must be paid.
Therefore, your first step here is to determine what your employee handbook and/or contract says. If you can make the argument that they require payment of vacation and/or sick leave, then your best course of action is to file a wage claim with the NC Department of Labor. See here to initiate that process: http://www.nclabor.com/wh/fact%20sheets/wagecomplaint.htm
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