My question involves employment and labor law for the state of: California
Almost a year ago I started working for a company as a temp, and I was hired 2 months later. I was receiving checks from the company I worked at bi-weekly for almost 2 months. I was then told I had been paid double, that accounting had made an error in payroll. Turns out I was getting direct deposits into my bank account from the agency and a physical check from the company I temped at. I had never worked for a temp agency before, I thought the hours I was reporting to them on paper was being compensated from the checks I got.
Must I now re-pay the money, for a mistake that their dept made? I couldn't possibly afford to do so in a lump sum as they are demanding. Do I have any other options at all?
If they take legal action, what could happen to me if I cannot pay?