My employer has withheld my last pay and personal property that was in the Semi I was driving. He will not respond back to me at all. Other than small claims court what other actions can I persue?

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My employer has withheld my last pay and personal property that was in the Semi I was driving. He will not respond back to me at all. Other than small claims court what other actions can I persue?

We had disagreement I quit my position driving his semi hauling cattle. When he picked up the truck he told me I was not getting any of my pay due to an accident I had at a truck stop a few weeks earlier. I have 14 loads on the books that I am owed. I cleaned out my truck while he waited. My girlfriend asked him if I left my wallet he checked and said no. About 20 minutes minutes later he sent me a picture of my wallet and said he found it. I realized I had left several things in the truck. I asked him when we could pick up my property and I would being his paperwork to him as well. He will not respond back to me. What actions can I take?

Asked on April 2, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, small claims court--suing for the value of what he took, and also suing for your final paycheck--is the only way to get what is owed to you: the labor department *could* help with the pay, but not with your personal property, and if they are being unresponsive, there is no way to make them take action. 
Fortunately, small claims court is fast, straightforward, and inexpensive: you can get a resolution at low cost in just a few weeks.
Be advised that if you did damage his vehicle or otherwise cost him money in that accident and you were at fault (e.g. driving negligently or carelessly) in it, he could sue or countersue you: when you negligently damage another property or cost them some amount of money, they can hold you liable for it.


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