Have you recently left a job and your former employer will not send your last paycheck? If so, you should contact a lawyer immediately. You need an attorney who understands Pennsylvania’s powerful Wage Collection and Payment Act.
Under Pennsylvania law, an employer must pay all wages to employees on the regularly scheduled payday – even after you leave your job. The law even allows you to request that your employer send this check via certified mail. If an employer claims you owe them money (for uniforms, equipment, etc.) then they must provide written notice of the amount in dispute but still pay the undisputed balance.
If an employer refuses to pay as required this law has serious penalties. First, if payment is not made within 30 days of the regularly scheduled payday, the employee is entitled to an additional 25% of the total due or $500, whichever is greater. Second, the employer may be convicted of a criminal summary offense and face a $300 fine and up to 90 days in prison. Finally, the law allows courts to order the employer to pay the employee’s legal costs.
This law is written to ensure you get paid. If your employer refuses to pay you please call us and we will help you get the money you are owed.