Among countless issues creating a hostile work environment, my first paycheck was calculated insufficiently, finalizing my decision to accept a better offer and move on. Although it goes without saying, I expressed the need for my paycheck to be correct due to my tenuous financial situation. However, on payday it was missing >50% of the hours and 50% of the hours paid were at the wrong pay rate. Luckily I had already accepted an better offer to start immediately. I wrote an email explaining my unhappiness, the pay error, and my need to be terminated to receive my final check immediately. They demanded I return my uniform prior to payment, which I did and was given a pay card. Upon attempting to activate the card, it has a zero balance. Now my rent is late, and I will suffer a $25 late fee
Generally speaking, you can't obtain consequential damages caused by your employer's not paying you. You can, however, and are entitled by law, to receive the amount of pay that you are still due, and if you comply with the pertinent procedures as provided by law, then there can be some stiff penalties and consequences if the employer fails to pay as required. But you have to comply with the procedures in order to realize those stiff penalties/consequences.
You probably will have a hard time getting damages for the rent etc. Your remedy will probably be limited to the amount they failed to pay you. If you made the demand in writing, you may be able to obtain further pay for a few days even though were no longer there, plus some attorneys' fees if you incur them by suing them. The Utah Labor Commission, Wage Division, usually helps employees, past employees who have been shorted on their wages, for free. I suggest you call them if you haven't received all wages due you.
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