Can my ex-employer withhold my work reimbursement expenses and commission?
Question Details: I was recently let go and the company is withholding 4K in work related business expenses and additional commission. They will not issue a check to me until I send back "marketing materials and car stock" they "believe" I have any; they are assuming I have them in possession. What can I do to fight this?
You can sue them for the money: assuming the amount is less than the limit for your state's small claims court, suing in small claims, as your own attorney or "pro se," is a fast, cost-effective option. Even if, for the sake of argument, you owe them something, their recourse would have been to sue you and try to prove in court that you still have their materials. Their obligation to pay you your reimbursement and commissions, according to the same terms under which they have previously paid you reimbursement and commissions, is independent of that, and you can sue them for their failure to pay.