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Asked on: 4/22/02, 7:39 pm

Withholding pay illegal?

My company began to lose money in July 2001. They decided to lay off most of the staff to help alleviate the problem. I was one of a small group of 7 who remained on staff.

My employer informed those of us who remained on staff that they ''could not afford to pay us for the time being.'' Therefore, they did not give us a paycheck for over one month. Of course, we continued to work as usual.

Fortunately, the company bounced back and they are now paying us regularly (that is, every two weeks). However, I still have not seen any of the money they owed me from that period of time (4 months ago) when they were not paying us.

Isn't it against the law to withhold pay? Especially since it's been 4 months?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.

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