What can I do if my employer is refusing to provide me with my termination documents?

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What can I do if my employer is refusing to provide me with my termination documents?

Employer is refusing to provide me with

termination paperwork. Without it, I can’t

file for unemployment. He stated he will not

be forced to pay me unemployment and that he

isn’t giving me anything. What could I do?

It’s the only documentation needed for

unemployment pay out, without it I’d have to

go through an appeal process that could take

months.

Asked on June 17, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You could take your former employer to court over this. However that will cost both time and money. In the alternative, you can prooceed with the appeals pprocess or you could file a complaint with the Department of Industrial Relations. While they will also take time, you won't be charged.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You don't really have any good options: you can go through the appeal process, or you can file a law suit against your now-former employer, seeking a court order forcing him to provide the paperwork--which suit will itself take time and cost you money. There is no other way to proceed.


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