Sorry to hear about your situation.
As I?m not a lawyer, following information is not any kind of legal
advice to you. But, while going for similar cases over internet, here
is what I?ve found out for your situation.
According to Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) site,
"Under California law, unless otherwise stipulated by a collective
bargaining agreement, whenever the employment relationship ends, for
any reason whatsoever, and the employee has not used all of his or her
earned and accrued vacation, the employer must pay the employee at his
or her final rate of pay for all of his or her earned and accrued and
unused vacation days. Labor Code Section 227.3. Because paid vacation
benefits are considered wages, such pay must be included in the
employee?s final paycheck."
You can get more details about your case by checking the DLSE website:
A similar question is posted as point 10.
According to the DLSE "Earned vacation time is considered wages, and
vacation time is earned, or vests, as labor is performed."
I?ll suggest you to contact the Dept. of Labor office nearest to your
location and find out exactly what needs to be done in your situation.
I had a similar situation with my ex-employer and they did help me
To find out the nearest location of their office, use this link:
Also, check out http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/DLSE-FAQs.htm to get more
details which might help you out in negotiating with your employer.
I?d also like you to check similar questions posted here in Google Answers,
You can also check the CA Labor code for more details:
If you want to dispute your case, you might want to consider this:
As I mentioned earlier, first try to contact the DLSE nearest to your
place and if they ask you to contact a labor attorney, then find more
details about attorneys via this link:
Since you are residing in CA, the above link will give you details
about various labor attorneys located in the CA state.
I hope my answer helps you in resolving your case. In case of any
question, feel free to post a clarification.
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