Q: I resigned from my employer, a large engineering firm, and they refuse to pay me for my last weeks of work.
The amount could be settled in small claims court, but I am unsure where to make that claim, my local office location (Orlando), corporate HQ office (Dallas), or payroll processing office (Pasadena, CA). Would an attorney help me for less than $10,000 owed.
A: This is a type of matter for which an employment attorney could help you. Often these disputes can be resolved prior to filing suit. If not, your actual place of employment generally is the correct jurisdiction. There may be other issues, so you should probably speak with an attorney.
A: Small claims cases do not require the plaintiff (or defendant) to have a lawyer. I have advised many people trying to go to small claims court that they can increase their chances of winning dramatically by hiring a very experienced litigation lawyer to ADVISE (not actually appear in court) them along the way--from the sidelines. Litigation ADVISORY services are very cost-effective and affordable too. Click on some employment lawyer’s profile on AVVO and send them a DM.
A: Yes an attorney could help and depending on your job duties and some other factors, the company may have to pay for your attorneys fees and court costs. Its worth trying to speak to an employment attorney to let them deal and stress with the issue so you can focus on looking for a new job or your new job duties, etc.
You should also document your request for your last week of work, send an email or text from your personal accounts.
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