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I lost my job, do i still get paid for my vacation and my sick days that were left?

i got fired and im currently awaiting my payout check...my boyfriend says that i will still get paid for the vacation time and sick days i have left but my dad says he's not sure...can anybody tell me this? i really dont want anything to do with my job and i dont want to talk to them again
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btw...just for whomever doesnt know...you dont get time acquired if you quit because you forfeit it.


depends on the state you are in and the companies policy.
10 states mandate that the employer must pay you for accrued vacation time no state requires payment of sick or personal days. all the other states simply require the employer follow their own policies.
the states that require payment when you are terminated are:
North Carolina
Rhode Island
some of these states allow exceptions if you are terminated for "cause" .

Depends on what their company policy says. If there is no written policy, then its up to the employer if they want to pay your the unused Vac/sick time. But legally (In Texas, at least) they don't have to.


Companies will typcially pay out ACCRUED but not used vacation. Doubt you will get the sick days though.

This will be a policy with the company. Unless you did something really bad (gross misconduct) you will probably get the vacation paid out.

yes, you will get paid for the vacation days that you have earned. we're 7 month in to the year (assuming you started on or before 1/1/08) so if you had two weeks of vacation time that were not used you should be paid out for 7/12 of the 14 days (or how ever many vacation days you had). same with the sick time. make sure they pay you for this time! it is your money and they owe it to you!!

Tippy's Mom
This really depends on your company's policy and the state you live in. Most company's require that you work for a full year BEFORE being entitled to ANY accrued or EARNED Vacation or sick days, although NOT ALWAYS. Most, also do not allow ANY compensation other than time ACTUALLY worked when one is fired or quits. Most people leaving a job, will began to use up sick days, vacation and flex time, prior to exiting. But when fired, all that is moot usually. You need to know what your employee manual says, what may have been promised to you or what your state says. Generally, most states leave it up to the employer to disperse additional monies and at their sole discretion. If you were fired for stealing, say, do you think anyone would MAKE your company fork over VACA and sick time? Can you see why they wouldn't require your company to pay you additional monies? Maybe your behavior precipitated your being fired? Or your attitude, or simply they didn't want to look at your face anymore? Most companies, unless you have a CONTRACT with them, can hire, fire and let you go with little or no notice and pay you only time ACTUALLY worked! Sad, but true. Sorry to hear you lost your job, and I hope you find a better one quickly. I say the best revenge, is LIVING WELL! Good luck!

Generally it's a company policy that matters - most states don't have any laws concerning vacation payout. Sometimes when you are fired you lose all such time, or if you quit without notice.

You simply have to either check your employment handbook, or ask HR or your supervisor.

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