My question involves employment and labor law for the state of: New Jersey
I am a teacher who was subject to a reduction in force last year after working in the same school district for 20 years. The contract under which I was working provided for sick leave compensation upon retirement. The contract states: "Payment for unused sick leave shall be made the the Board of Education to emloyees who have been employed by the B.O.E. for a minimum of 15 years and have filed with their respective retirement systems."
I am working for another school district but will be retiring in one year. Do I have a legal right to sick leave compensation from my former district? I will be filing with the same retirement system. They refused to pay me after I was let go since I was not retiring. The amount consists of several thousand dollars.