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Should I obtain a lawyer for wages

I was placed on administrative leave. I was told it would be paid administrative leave. I was not paid for the following week I did not work but was still on administrative leave. I have not heard anything from the company I filed for unemployment just in case, should I obtain a employment lawyer?

Asked on June 30, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A business has no obligation to pay employees who are on administrative leave (i.e. they don't have to pay someone not performing work), and even if they initially told you that you would be paid, unless they put that into an actual written contract, they could change their mind and not pay you (in an employment context, non-contractual promises are not binding or enforceable, and the promisor may go back on or renege on them). Based on what you write, you do not have a viable claim for unpaid wages; that is, if they choose to not pay you while on leave, that is legal.
Yes, you should file for unemployment, if you have not done so yet: what you descrie suggests that you have in fact been terminated, even if they have not told you in so many words.


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