I worked for a retail company for a year and a half and I'm in the process of trying to collect money owed. There's several twists and bends so bear with me as I explain everything that I think is noteworthy in determining whether I am owed money.
First, I resigned back in November of 06 and put two weeks notice in. The cash register was short $160 that day so they terminated my employment that day, even though I was innocent and had no probable cause to believe I was responsible since the cash register was accessible to several employees. They had the police involved and I had a very heated discussion with my Regional Manager who accused me and made me very emotionally distressed. Upon MY further investigation that week, I contacted the bank with whom we do our transactions with. Turns out, the deposit from the night before was OVER $160 which explains the cash register shortage.
Would I be owed any money since I was terminated prior to the notice I gave which caused me to lose out on two weeks of wages?
Also, I was a salary employee, but I received partial overtime. If I didn't work the full 40 hours, sometimes they would take it out of my base salary. When I was legitimately sick one day, they didn't give me sick time and I was never reimbursed for that day. Furthermore, every night when we shut down the registers, it automatically clocked out the employees when the program closed. This is despite the fact that there was typically 15 more minutes of miscellaneous paperwork to compile and other business functions that couldn't be performed until the registers were closed. We were also responsible for driving to the bank (on the same block) and dropping off the deposits... all of which consumed about 10 minutes of time that we were also off the clock for.
Am I owed money because I worked off the clock?
I was supposed to have two weeks vacation time for every year with the company... and I was never able to take my final two weeks of vacation time due to the fact that I was one of the sole people able to perform the job functions. I was an Asst. Manager in a retail store and typically there should be 3-4 managers on staff, but we only had two for nearly the entire duration of my employment and the managers above me did little to find adequate staffing to ensure proper time off.
Am I owed my two weeks vacation that I was unable to take to no fault of my own?
Also, I drove to a business meeting two hours away which I was promised several time to receive an expense report reimbursement for the drive miles. I made several inquiries, and they never paid me. After leaving the company, I contacted the payroll department and they said my regional manager never approved or submitted the expense report (even though he told me he did).
Am I still owed the $100+ reimbursement?
Again, this is in Michigan and I was an at-will employee. Any advice would be SOOO greatly appreciated.