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  • Ex-boss witholding check until he receives files

    I am in RI and I left my job over a week ago because of a hostile work environment. I have some computer files (photos and work) that I have to send to the boss. He is witholding my final check until he gets these. Can he do this legally?


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    Legally, no he can't. But keeping company property is something you can't legally do either. Why don't you just return the property?
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    • #3
      Oh I am. I just haven't had the time to get it together since it all has to be sent electronically. I am in the middle of another job at home. So I have no problem returning it, it is just that I can't do it right away. But he is holding the check until I give him the files.

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      • #4
        When was your last day of work? And did you quit or were you let go?
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        • #5
          Honestly, I walked out expecting to return the next day. I told him that I was going home and that I would be back tomorrow. He said that if I left to not come back the next day. I wasn't sure if he meant for good. He did. Either way, I can't collect and don't care. My mental health was taking a serious toll because of the hostility there. I am much better now but need my last check to make my mortgage. I left 11/16/05.

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          • #6
            Either way, you must be paid by the regularly scheduled payday for the pay period which includes your last day worked. If that date has passed, you can file a claim with the state Dept. of Labor. However, the employer may sue you civilly for the return of his property.
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            • #7
              Thank you so much Patty. I am returning the photos I took and the files I made. I just haven't had time to do it. Even inbetween answering you I had to run out for errands. I really appreciate it. Do you know where I can find online the legal written words so when I ask for my check to be sent I can quote it word for word what the law is?

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              • #8
                I didn't find it on the DOL website; I found it in one of my hard copy payroll reference sources.
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