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I'm an RN. Upon receiving my 2d paycheck it bounced within 2…

I'm an RN. Upon...

I'm an RN. Upon receiving my 2d paycheck it bounced within 2 business days.

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you discussed this wage-and-hour issue with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?

The company pays twice a month. Today is payday, however checks will not be available until tomorrow. Yes, I have repeatedly asked about this issue to no avail. They still have not made restitution for the 2d check, and don't know if they will have the 3rd one tomorrow. Can I demand payment and tell them I won't be returning to work until payment received. I am salary. What are my options

Lawyer's Assistant: Are you an "at will" employee? Do you belong to a union?

No union and yes

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3/15/2018
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq., Employment Lawyer
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Not showing at work can be see as a resignation, so while you can do it, it would cost you the job probably. You'd be able to get unemployment though. That's an issue for you decide, with a job that is not reliably paying.

What you can do though is file a complaint with your state's Department of Labor, called a wage claim. This is a protected activity, meaning that they can't retaliate against you for it, and it is free so there is not upfront cost to worry about.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
What about calling in sick. I can easily obtain a Doctors note. You really didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. Besides the labor board, which will take months to resolve, am I suppose to continue working for free
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
No more fees or phone call. Please answer question

I'm sorry I didn't tell you something you didn't already know. All I can do is answer the question you ask with the law. If you happen to know that, I can't really help that. Additionally, I did not ask for a phone call. The system automatically does that.

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I certainly understand that the labor board takes time. I also noted that you have to make the choice here between working somewhere that is unreliable when it comes to pay and quitting to get unemployment, which you would get.

Regrettably, there isn't anything faster than that. When you want someone to do something that they aren't doing, all you can do is ask them (which you've done) and then sue them.

The DOL is one method and it is at least better than suing is state court, because it is free and fairly fast compared to state court.

I wish there were other options for you here, but there aren't.

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