Possible Wage Overpayment--Five Years Ago
March 23, 2014 5:58 PM Subscribe
My girlfriend received a lawyergram stating that a former employer overpaid her nearly five years ago, and is just now asking for the money back. She believes she was never paid for that period, and obviously doesn't want to give them money to which they are not entitled. Details below.
posted by SobaFett to Work & Money (13 answers total)
So, just over five years ago, at the end of the fall semester, my girlfriend left a doctoral program at a university in New York. She was being paid a stipend as a graduate student, which terminated when she left the university. A couple of weeks ago, she received a letter from a law firm, claiming that the university had paid her from January through March of 2009. They've given her thirty days to respond to their letter.
She had been paid her stipend by direct deposit, but she no longer has the account that went into, so tracking down the statements is a difficult prospect. She does have her tax return from 2009, and there's no W-2 from the university.
The first, obvious question is, what is the statute of limitations to recover overpaid wages in New York? Secondly, should she be asking the lawyers for documentation to support their claim? The amount in question is $2500.