Hi - I recently quit my job (without providing two weeks' notice) and returned my company issued laptop with some damage to it. This employer is currently withholding my vacation pay saying that they have to assess the value of the damages and are going to deduct it from my final vacation pay.
A few questions
1) are they legally allowed to withhold pay based on damages? I saw in the Illinois FAQ that they can't for uniform, pager, etc but not sure if it applies across all company owned goods.
2) if the laptop is under warranty (and if I had returned it while still employed they would have easily given me a new one) do I still have to pay damages?
3) They have withheld my pay for 3 pay periods already, should I file a claim (does that really help) or continue to work with my HR representative?