My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Kentucky
I had started working for a title agency in October of 2009 and received a company handbook. The handbook stated that each employee was entitled to 2 weeks paid vacation and 5 sick/personal days and may take their first week after being employed six months. Six months go by of being employed and I take my first five vacation days scattered throughout the next six months until my year mark and then take my 2 week's vacation. (My sick days had been used throughout the year.) After my year mark in October 2010 came and went, we are asked to turn in our vacation time the first of the year 2011, which I did, planning a few vacation days thru the year and a week long on in this upcoming November. March 2011 comes and I have come to the decision that to continue my college education that I can no longer take classes around the company's schedule and chose to resign. Before resigning I had checked my employee handbook to see the policy about what it had to say about unused vacation pay. It stated that when an employee chooses to end their employment any vacation due would be compensated to them (note, there is no mention of how this is due, acrued, or pro-rated, just that if here 1-10 years you have 2 weeks vacation and 5 sick days). After having a bat of pneumonia earlier in the year they added 5 sick days to my pay check since I was out sick, they added it on without asking and I chose to use one day of vacation to handle college requirements, I knew that I still had 9 days to use for the year. I gave a verbal two weeks to my bosses and one asked if I could please give them something in writing for their records, I gladly typed up a respectful letter resigning from my position, giving a full two weeks notice, and kindly and specifically asked for my 9 unused vacation days to be added to my last paycheck. I worked my last two weeks and since not hearing a thing about my vacation days during this time, I figured I was correct in thinking I was to be paid those days. A few days after my last day I went in to pick up my pay check and was pulled aside by one of the bosses to tell me that they didn't give me my vacation pay, and since I was only there January - mid March this year they pro-rated my vacation and figured that since I already used 6 days (5 sick) that I was not entitled to the rest and that in pro-rating it that I would have only had accumulated 3.5 days and that they were happy to "call it even". I am confused on how this happened, and if this was how it worked, why was it not in the handbook provided and why was it not discussed within my last two weeks when I was still working there after I personally gave them a letter requesting it? Is this something I can fight, or even should? Something just doesn't make sense and this pay is very important in helping pay my rent. Any advise is greatly appreciated!