My employer is making me sign papers that state that I quit and the reason before I receive my final paycheck.do I have to sign

I called in the day I was scheduled,to state I would not be able to come in that day or the rest of the weekend because I was ill. Wednesday of that week I called to let them know I quit when I was scheduled on Friday. They have my paycheck and has been there for 2 months because i went out of state and did not attempt to pick it up until I came back. When I went to pick it up the employer stated I had to sign paperwork stating that I quit and the reasons why I quit so that I can receive my final paycheck? Do I have to sign this or can I just request to receive my paycheck? Also should they have mailed it by now although I did not request it?

Gilroy, CA -

Attorney Answers (3)

Michael Robert Kirschbaum

Michael Robert Kirschbaum

Employment / Labor Attorney - Irvine, CA
Answered

You do not have to sign anything to receive your paycheck and it is unlawful for an employer to require you to do so. Tell the employer if they do not give you your check immediately, you will file a claim with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and seek to have waiting time penalties imposed against them for not giving you your check. It could cost them another 30 days' pay. Do this in writing.

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Frank Wei-Hong Chen

Frank Wei-Hong Chen

Employment / Labor Attorney - San Marino, CA
Answered

No, you do not have to sign anything to receive your final paycheck. Attorney Kirschbaum's response is absolutely correct.

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Kristine S Karila

Kristine S Karila

Employment / Labor Attorney - Irvine, CA
Answered

If you quit without giving at least 72 hours' notice, your former employer needed to have your check ready for you to pick up within 72 hours. If you gave at least 72 hours' notice, they needed to have your final paycheck ready on your last day of employment. However, if you left the state and did not pick it up or ask that it be mailed, they did not have to do anything but have the check ready on time for you to pick up. They cannot hold the check until you sign anything. No one can "make" you sign anything. Call an employment law attorney. If they refused to give your check to you when you finally went in to pick it up, you are owed wages due plus one day's pay for each day you have to wait for the check - up to 30 days PLUS attorneys' fees if you retain counsel. Many of us offer a free initial phone consultation and take these matters with no cost to the client. 949-481-6909.

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