I was laid off and was entitled to three weeks severance, provided I signed a release of claims to get it. The release of claims said that I would be paid on normal payroll dates via direct deposit. The date on which I was to be paid came and went, with no payment. I e-mailed my former boss and he essentially re-iterated what the severance agreement said and said he'd look into it. Now a week has gone by and I still haven't been paid or informed of anything.
I was relying on this to be paid on time to take care of bills. How long do I have to wait to seek legal action? Do I have legal action? Should I be talking to a lawyer at this point? If he kept me on payroll as he said he did, this would not be an issue so I get the feeling something shady is going on.
Now this release of claims did not include payout of vacation time. My employment contract gave me two weeks vacation, with no accrual period. Do I have a right for those two weeks to be paid out as well?