I recently quit a job after a few years of employment. I did not give a two weeks notice, I just never returned. I asked my employer by text to give my paycheck to another employee to bring to me, and in return for it, I would return the shop key. She refused to give my money to this employee and said I would have to pick it up myself. I suggested that family would bring by the key in return for my money and, again, she refused stating that she would not give my money to anyone but me. I finally did have someone drop off the shop key, but still do not have my money. I have repeatedly asked that she send it through a third party, but she refuses. Can she legally do this? Doesn't she have to give me my money? If I don't want to pick it up from her personally, and she doesn't want to give it to a third party to give to me, does she then have to mail it to me? What are my legal rights if any? Is she within her rights? Please help. Also, customarily, all employees are paid in person. It is a small business, and mail or direct deposit has never been an option.
Thanks for your help.