Rock Hill Woman Doesn't Receive Pay for Work -

Rock Hill Woman Doesn't Receive Pay for Work

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A Rock Hill woman went in for a normal day of work, only to find out her boss was closing the business.

On top of that, she never received her final paycheck.

Leslie Moore worked at a Quiznos in Rock Hill. Shortly after arriving, Leslie says her boss told her she was closing the store for good, “She was like I’m done, I’m shutting down I can’t do this anymore.” It was April Fool’s Day, so Leslie thought her boss was joking. “It was like a bad April’s Fool Joke,” Leslie said. “I was like she’s just kidding, she’s not gonna do this but she did.”

Next, Leslie says her boss started handing her drinks, cookies and other leftovers in the store, but the one thing Leslie says she did not get was her check. “She was like I’ll have a check for y’all Friday. Then Friday rolled around and we did not receive any check.”

After waiting two weeks for a check, Leslie and her family decided that something needed to be done, so she called the South Carolina Department of Labor. “When I called the Labor Board and found out they will take over my case that was good news for me,” Leslie said.

Last year the South Carolina Department of Labor investigated 1,142 wage complaint cases. However, just because the Department of Labor determined Leslie had a legitimate complaint does not mean she will get her money right away. “I’m stretching for pennies really,” Leslie said, "…just trying to find the next dollar.”

The South Carolina Department says: “The Payment of Wages Office does not have the legal authority to make an employer pay an employee who is owed money. The Office can cite and fine an employer. If the Office cannot locate an employer to verify that an employee has not been paid, the employee can still go to the magistrate’s office and attempt to move forward with a civil action.”

That means Leslie must go to court. She says losing her job at Quiznos has been difficult for her. “At first I was able to go eat lunch with my son and buy him food. But now I can’t eat lunch with him because I can’t afford it. His birthday was the 24th of April that was hard, as a mother you should be able to buy everything for your kid, and I couldn’t.”

To find out more information about wage complaints in South and North Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Labor, and the North Carolina Department of Labor websites.

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