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Denying accrued paid time off benefits at time of termination

Seattle, WA |

Can an employer refuse to cash out accrued paid time off hours through the use of a policy statement simply denying payout in the event of involuntary termination?

I was recently terminated from my job just two weeks before scheduled and approved time off. When I asked when I could expect the payment for my accrued PTO, I was told that they keep it on the books for three months and if they do not call me back to work by the end of that time, they would pay it out then. I was never given any policy related documentation regarding this or any other policies...can they do this legally?

Attorney Answers 1


  1. If it was company policy to pay accured paid time off hours upon involuntary termination, then you have a claim for those hours under Washington State Law.