HR issue with the previous company. Overpaid me for 4 paychecks after leaving now asking for the money back

Capital One / Eng sumbodeee
Jul 10 33 Comments

My last company kept paying me because my manager apparently never put in leave order after I left the company. Now I get an email from them asking to pay back ~$300 more than what I was paid over the last 2 months. Can I do anything about this as its their fault plus they are wanting me to pay more?

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TOP 33 Comments
  • Pay it back. You need them for background checks.
    Jul 10 6
    • Palo Alto Networks QtYK33
      No you don't. Legally they are obligated to tell anyone who asks, with your authorization, you start, end dates and your last title. They legally NOT allowed to say anything else including reasons for leaving, reviews, what they think of you, etc.
      Jul 10
    • Yelp / Eng sJJv80
      @Palo Alto Networks

      You are severely mistaken. Companies can say anything truthful about an employee as part of a reference without fear of being on the losing end of a lawsuit. They aren’t “obligated” to provide any sort of reference at all. If you believe otherwise, I would appreciate a citation to the relevant legal code sections.
      Jul 10
    • Palo Alto Networks QtYK33
      Companies are legally not allowed to provide any kind of info other than the three things I mentioned above. That is why all background checks are done by a third party. If they provide a reference, it is being done as a by a single individual and not as a representative of the company. A few lawsuits will fly if any company officially provides any info other than those three.

      Please do your research. I've changed enough jobs in my 20 years and know a lot of hr to be a 100% sure about this.

      There may be "backdoor" reference if the hiring manager knows someone at the previous company. HR in most decent companies prohibit anyone trying to get any information through illegal channels.
      Jul 10
    • Yelp / Eng sJJv80
      Citation needed.
      Jul 10
    • New / HR NSgl11
      @Palo Alto Networks you are incorrect. A company can say anything factual about a former employee, although many choose to only verify dates of employment. You are correct in that many companies engage a third party to conduct reference checks and in most cases a question related to the former employees eligibility for rehire within the company is asked. If the answer to that question is 'no' the reference is considered a poor reference.
      Jul 10
  • Indeed egobruiser
    Devil’s advocate perspective 😈

    Someone once gave me $800 instead of $80... I poker faced my way through their erroneous counting, thanked them and walked away. I have zero regrets, I afforded my books that semester. Their bad.

    In Monopoly it goes, “bank error in your favor, collect $XX and move on” lol. Pay it or don’t. It’s up to you.

    And to the person who said you need them for background checks. What the fuck are they gonna say? “Yeah we overpaid him and he never gave us our money back.” It makes them look more incompetent than it hurts you. Besides I’m pretty sure verification of employment limits them to saying “yes he worked here and his employment was either voluntarily or involuntarily terminated.” Anything else gives rise to a legal dispute.

    Unless you list them as a reference, they can’t say anything more. References and employment verifications are NOT the same.
    Jul 10 9
    • Cisco 7ssuucckks
      BS! How did someone give you 800 for 80. 8 of 100$ bills? A person 'high' on something would also not make a mistake 8 times
      Jul 10
    • Indeed egobruiser
      Lol it definitely happened. But I’m definitely not here to argue with you about the fact that it happened, the fact that I took it and walked away and spent it, or the fact that I am not and never have been a felon, neither was I pursued for a crime. 😁😎

      I can tell you, I was shocked as hell as I stood there.
      Jul 10
    • Oath Atinlay2
      It absolutely is a felony
      Jul 10
    • Oath Atinlay2
      That’s completely different.
      Jul 11
    • Indeed wajahat
      You have yet to cite any sources. Time to sh*t or get off the pot.
      Jul 11
  • PayPal kochikame
    Of course you have to pay it back. How can you even think about keeping the money irrespective of legality. As for the extra $300, just question them and give them proof about the underpayment.
    Jul 10 0
  • SAP Crazy7
    Is it even worth spending your time posting here just for $300??
    Jul 10 1
    • Capital One / Eng sumbodeee
      OP
      What do you mean? Do I just give them $300 extra without any research?
      Jul 10
  • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
    They are asking you to reimburse the tax part ($300)?
    Jul 10 3
    • Capital One / Eng sumbodeee
      OP
      I dont know where the $300 comes from..? They want me to refund the 4 paychecks + $300.
      Jul 10
    • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
      When pay leaves their account, it is like say, -$5000 but you get +$4000 because -$1000 goes to tax. But they would ask you to pay back +$5000 so you end up covering tax? Some people said paying back sign-on bonus works this way but I suck at accounting.
      Jul 10
    • Amazon ijustcant
      This is definitely what happens from a tax perspective. The company paid the government the taxes it thought you owed on your behalf. You get it back when you file next year, because the government has your money, not the company.
      Jul 11
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    • Capital One / Eng sumbodeee
      OP
      What does this have to do with dignity? It’s their fault plus some they want extra? I don’t have a problem with paying them back whatever ended up in my bank account.
      Jul 10
  • SAP MrDT
    leave the country asap and then retire as monk in India from those 4 paychecks
    Jul 10 0
  • Microsoft Tattle
    You shud've contacted them the day u got the extra paycheck. What were u expecting?
    Jul 10 0
  • Uber morga
    $300 is the penalty you get for not reporting it sooner. Pay back now so they won't charge you more interest.
    Jul 10 0
  • Adobe jjjx12
    In some locales, you can keep a month of their mistake.
    Jul 10 0
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    Pay it back. You should report it when it happened.
    Jul 10 0
  • New / Finance fObo28
    Pay it back, now worth the headache it will cause
    Jul 10 0
  • Amazon Barsoom
    Give it back as it’s not worth the hassle!! Talk to to them about the $300 call them - ask why are you asking for more ??
    Jul 10 0
  • Oath Atinlay2
    🙄
    Jul 10 0