How do I get my work to pay me?
December 18, 2005 10:17 PM Subscribe
I haven't received payment from my supposedly biweekly paying job for nearly two months. This lack of payment has resulted in financial difficulties for me. How do I force payment? Do I have any recourse for the financial difficulties that have resulted due to their negligence?
I am a university student and work for the university (public university). I am supposed to be paid by direct deposit every other Friday. I have had this job for almost a year now and the payment have been fairly regular, but my supervisors don’t totally have their act together all of the time and once and a while they would only get the payments done once a month or a few days late. I had some money in savings before, so this wasn’t totally killer for me and I didn’t complain much about it. However, at this point I have not received payment from university since the first week of November and I don’t have anything saved. The last month and a half have been super difficult, because I have basically been living on change. I have been pestering them about this for the last month and have been given a variety of excuses, such as problems with time sheets, missing bank hours, etc. Finally I was told by one of the supervisors I had some trust in that I would definitely be paid on the ninth. On the eighth I wrote three checks, for electricity and cable bills that were overdue and really needed to be paid, and a third so I could actually buy some food. Well, no payment on the ninth. I called in and was told the payment would be deposited later in the week. I visited later in the week and was told that the supervisor who was in change of payroll went on vacation that week and I would be paid on the nineteenth when he got back. I was not notified before this that he was going to be absent and that my pay would be delayed as a result. So, in the mean time these checks went through, the bank did not bounce them, but my account was at zero, so they have charged me with three overdraft fees ($99!). I plan on going in on Monday and not leaving until I am either paid or have talked to these people’s supervisor. I know I let this go on way longer than I should have, I just thought it was just another case of these guys being a little lazy, but it seems like something more is going on now and I am in big financial trouble because of it. I don’t think the other workers have been paid either, as they have multiple time sheets in their office mailboxes (which means these sheets have not been paid yet). This job doesn’t have hours over semester break so I am not racking up any more unpaid hours currently, and don’t plan on working with these people after the break. What can I or should I do? Can I get the university to pay my overdraft fees? Might there be fraud going on here? Any advice is appreciated.