My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: FLORIDA
Before becoming a Franchise, the McDonald's restaurant I used to work at, belonged to McDonald's Corporation where I had been a Manager for over 5 years.
After a few workplace disputes with fellow staff members and the new owners of the franchise due to changes to workplace policies which negatively impacted the workplace environment and my disability, I decided to quit after six months of constant issues.
When I went back to the store to pick up my Check, my check was denied in three occasions. First by the Assistance Manager claiming that the Store Owner wanted me to sign a Letter. Then by the Store Manager who claimed the same thing. I could not get my check unless I signed a Letter. And lastly, by the store manager and the Owner of the store, who wanted me to sign a letter which had nothing to do with my employment or anything related to company policies.
I refused to sign the letter and they wrongfully continue to withhold my Check without any legal reason to do so. The Franchise owner stated that he didn’t care if I called Human Resources to report it. It came to the point that I had to call the police and when Police arrive, the officer pretty much force them to give me the check by repeating several times that they had no reason to withhold the check.
After the Owner gave me the check in a bad manner, the owner threatens to call the police on me if I ever went to the restaurant, even as a customer. The owner also threatened the other managers that if they didn’t call the police on me, they were going to lose their job.
Is there a Legal action that can be taken against this type of "Corporate Abuse"?