Q: What do I do if an agency refuses to give me my check unless I sign a paper?
I worked for an agency and they forgot to pay me a days worth of work. When I told them about it they had “no knowledge”. When they did have my check they refused to give it to me unless I sign a paper. So I’m not sure what to do here. I haven’t signed anything.
A: You are not required to sign anything to get your check. You should ask them to email you a copy of the document to see if it is merely a receipt and not worth fighting over.
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A: What are they asking you to sign? Is it documentation of receipt of the check, or something else? It is certainly illegal for a company to hold a paycheck or back wages hostage. If you are unsure about signing any paperwork with your employer, contact an employment lawyer and ask them to review it before you sign. An employment lawyer can also help you pursue back wages that are rightfully yours.
It is not legal for an employer or agency to withhold an employee's paycheck as a means of coercion or to require an employee to sign a document to receive their pay. If you have worked and earned wages, your employer is required to pay you for that work in a timely manner.
You may want to reach out to your state labor department to file a wage claim and seek assistance in obtaining your unpaid wages. It is important to document all communication with your employer, including any emails or other written correspondence, and keep a record of any attempts you have made to obtain your paycheck.
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