“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. The experienced vacation pay attorneys at Gordon Law Group, LLP can help you fight for the vacation pay accrued compensation you are legally entitled to receive. Based in Boston, we represent current and former employees at all levels, nationwide, whose employers have wrongfully withheld their vacation pay upon termination or after resignation. Our skilled attorneys are frequently cited among the best employment lawyers in the nation.
Understanding Labor Law Vacation Time Requirements
If you are terminated, the law in Massachusetts is straightforward: You must be paid for all accrued but unused vacation pay immediately. The rules regarding vacation pay after resignation are similar: If you leave for another reason, vacation pay must be paid to you by the next pay period. If an employer does not issue your vacation payout as required by law, 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.
Choose an Experienced Vacation Pay Attorney
Gordon Law Group, LLP is dedicated to advocating for employees’ rights. Our attorneys collectively have decades of experience handling employment law matters, standing up for workers in all industries and at every level, from entry-level service workers to CEOs. When you choose Gordon Law Group, LLP, you can be confident you will be treated fairly and with respect. We will work hard to hold your employer accountable and help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to receive.
If you believe that you are owed payment for earned vacation days, please contact us today.