My Employer Owes Me Money – What Can I Do?
Ever get tired of a job and you want to quit? That happens to many people more often then not.
However, what do you do when you are having problems getting paid for work you’ve preformed?
This sometimes happens in the workplace. Do you have any legal rights? Of course you do.
Having an employer withhold money from you from work you have already worked is illegal and they know that.
Steps to Take If Your Boss Isn’t Paying You
Some steps/options you may have if you are ever in a situation like:
- Obtain Your Hours – You are going to have to get a print out of all the hours you worked. This could be done by going to the HR Department at your Employment and asking to get them to print you out a copy. By law, they have to do this. If they refuse, you can simply use a schedule that you have written until the courts are involved and they are demanded by the court.
- Confront your Employer personally – Don’t be afraid of stepping up to your ex-manager. If he/she owes you money, then the nice attitude stops and you need to get serious with the issue. This way they know that you are not backing away from this and that you are not forgetting about it. Don’t do anything rash or violent. That will only get you kicked off the property and you will have to pursue it with a strike already against you.
- Advise Him of the Consequences – Let him/her know that they could be reported to the Better Business Bureau and a claim can be open against them. This normally will make them a little nervous and it will get their attention. You want to do this so that there is a verbal agreement that you have told them of the incident.
- Have a Witness – Always have a witness no matter what you do. You are going to have to document everything that you say to the employer so that you can use it later in court if you need to. Your witness can also be in to testify of everything he/she heard during the course of your meetings with your employer.
- Pursue a “Small Claims Court” lawsuit- Hopefully it doesn’t have to resort to this, but you are going to have to go to a small claims court to pursue the issue if it gets to the point where your employer is not going to cooperate with you. You can easily get help filing the forms necessary by going to your local court and get all the help you need.
To file a small claims court, you are going to have to file it immediately.
In more cases then not, the employer is going to want to avoid all of the drama of courts and legal fees.
Be aware though, that under the Employment Act Chapter 91 Part II § 7A states, “Where any amount to be paid by an employer under subsection (4) is not paid in accordance with the direction of the Minister and the employer has been convicted of an offense under subsection (7), the amount or so much thereof as remains unpaid shall be recoverable by the court as if it were a fine and the amount so recoverable shall be paid to the employee entitled to payment under the direction of the Minister”. Here is where you are going to have your legal rights covered.
You have more rights under the Employment Act. You need to be able to know your rights as a citizen and not be afraid to prosecute when needed.
So the next time you have to say, “My Employer owes me money!” you will know your rights as a citizen.
It is always a good thing to familiarize yourself with the statutes of the Employment Act. This way you can know your rights a little bit more. Quitting your job is going to make it so that you have to wait two weeks before getting your paycheck. However, if you are terminated from employment, you have the right to receive your earnings that day.