I was hired to a company in April 2019, but was never provided a W4. I was told they were "working on it" and would give me a W4 once they had some bookkeeping things done. Many months passed and I was never provided the W4. I inquired about this regularly with the employer and was given the same answer every time that they were "working on it".
I was terminated from this job in December 2019, still having never completed a W4. Because of that I am unable to collect any unemployment benefits. The employer had never paid any taxes on my behalf. Additionally, I have learned this affects benefits I may receive later in life such as social security. The employer once slipped up and said it was because she didn't want to pay taxes and benefits.
I am wondering if I have a case and can sue the former employer for damages.
You certainly have some great things to discuss with an employment and labor lawyer. However, you certainly noticed for all those months that your paycheck had no deductions for taxes? Ultimately, your employer could be held responsible for its share of the social security taxes. Best of luck
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