Can my ex-employer change the hours I worked on my final paycheck?

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Can my ex-employer change the hours I worked on my final paycheck?

I recently resigned from a job. I was told that I’d receive full pay for the final week. When I got my check, the amount was half of what it should be. Payroll said the owner changed it and gave no cause. My time sheet had already been sent in and approved. The owner gave me no reason why, other than I quit.

Asked on October 22, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, this is illegal: you must be paid for all hours worked up to the time you quit or resigned. If not, you could sue your employer for "breach of contract" (for violating the agreement, even if only an oral, or unwritten one, pursuant to which you worked those hours in exchange for a certain amount of pay). If the amount owed is less than the limit for small claims court, suing in small claims, as your own attorney or "pro se" to save on legal fees, is a very good option.


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