“I lost my job, but still had 30 paid vacation days owed to me. My employer says they don’t have to pay me. What should I do?”
Employers do not have to provide paid vacation to their employees. However, if they do opt to offer paid vacation days, it automatically counts as wage and must be treated the same as any other wage under the Massachusetts Wage Act. If you are terminated, you must be paid for all earned vacation immediately. If you leave for another reason, vacation pay must be paid to you by the next pay period. If an employer does not pay you for earned vacation days, they are liable under the Wage Act for unpaid wages.
Furthermore, an employer must specifically inform the employee, either written or orally, that the payments they are receiving is for the owed vacation days and not for any other unpaid wage.
If you believe that you are owed payment for earned vacation days, please contact us today.