From Redditor u/Ginaccc:
I got a job as a EMT after a 6 month Community College training course. I was woefully unqualified, I barely knew the basics, but the teacher kept saying, "Don't worry, the new job will train you when you're hired."
I got hired at an ambulance transport place that just took people to dialysis and things like that, not emergency services. But there was no training. I was told to figure it out myself, etc. I didn't know what I was doing and I quickly realized this wasn't a fit. But I continued to try.
On day 4, I was let go. I had worked 4 days total. I signed a paper with reasons they were firing me, all of which I agreed with so I signed. I asked if they had my check ready, the man who was doing the paperwork said they didn't, but they'd send it to me. Not exactly legal, but ok.
I waited and waited. No check. I called to see where it was. I knew they were supposed to get that to me pretty quick by law. I called a few times to see where it was. The boss lady was so rude, not taking calls, when I did get someone they'd say, we'll mail it.
I started researching labor laws because it was getting ridiculous. That's when I found out they have to give me a day's pay for every day my check is late, which was 150 bucks. So, I stopped calling and started waiting. I finally got a check, but it was a payroll check. And it turns out I had worked 2 days in one pay period and 2 on the next one. So, I called again to tell them and got yelled at by the boss lady.
Waited another 2 weeks, got my last check and filed my claim with the labor board for not getting my final paycheck in the time allowed by law. It had been about a month by then.
First meeting was a mediation where we try to settle. Boss lady wasn't having it. She kept saying she didn't owe me anything and her offer was 500 dollars. She said this was all a setup by me. I knew they owed me closer to 3000 and she didn't have a leg to stand on so I refused. She stomped out and said I'd be hearing from her lawyer.
Next we went before a labor judge. This time evil boss had done her research. Every excuse an employer can use for not paying me the last check, she used. She said I moved. She said I never tried to call them, that they tried to call me numerous times. She said they tried to call me to get my address but my number was changed. She said her husband was a cop and she was an honest person and I was a liar and did all this intentionally. She said I purposely didn't clock in and the times were messed up. She also claimed a ton of reasons why I was fired, none of which were listed on the paper they made me sign and the judge called her out on that.
I went home, printed my phone records and highlighted all the calls, letter from my landlord saying I hadn't moved, etc, and took it back to the labor board and dropped it off. I didn't get to see the judge again so I don't know if the judge ever saw it, but I did win the case.
Plus the judge added 4 days because the last check was sent on a Friday before a 3 day weekend. I was only supposed to be paid until the postmark date, but I got paid til the following Tuesday. Over 3k.
TL;DR: I got fired from my job without getting my final paycheck. After calling and being rudely dealt with, the check came over a month late. I filed a claim against the employer and won. I ended up receiving over 3k from this employer.