Portland, OR asked in Employment Law for Oregon

Q: Hi, I had to quit my job due to my boss yelling at me then physically trying to attack me.

Lucky a coworker held her back as I left through the back door. Now the company is not paying me out for vacation days i earned in the past year. My boss also didn't tell her supervisor about her trying to attack me so they are taking my quitting without 2 weeks notice as the reason for not giving me a payout for my vacation hours. I left in duress. Can they do this? Can they deny my unemployment claim? Legally what can and should I do next?

Thank you

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Denial of your unemployment is up to the state, and given the facts above you should or should have appealed any denial.

As to the payout, they may or may not be required to pay you out on your vacation time. However, if you file a complaint with BOLI over the unsafe workplace, your former employer may offer to pay you out those wages to settle that claim.

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