How does Chapter 11 liquidation differ from Chapter 11 reorganization as it pertains to employee wages and earned time, if at all?
Employee wages generally enjoy priority status in a bankruptcy case (in other words, they need to be paid first before general unsecured creditors are paid), but in practice, what happens to your wages (when they get paid, if at all) can differ depending on whether the company is trying to reorganize or is just liquidating. It's more complicated than can be answered in this forum, and what happens may depend on your particular situation. Feel free to contact me to discuss further (I note that you are in Western Massachusetts--I am as well.)
I agree with the above contributor. If an employee and company has assets they will go through a liquidation process to pay claims according to their place in line, ie priority.
You may wish to explore if you have a right to pursue owner/officer for unpaid wages under state law. In a liquidation, there is a much higher likelihood that you will not get paid for prepetition wages. Consulting with George , who is top notch, can make a lot of sense. You may want to call debtors counsel to see what plans the debtor has , if any, before consulting with George
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