Previous employer overpaid

Amazon UOhL03
Jun 12 19 Comments

So, HR from my ex-company reached out after I left the company saying they did a mistake and overpaid me for a week I was off, and I need to payback the money. I was a contractor and paid hourly for the hours worked. If I take time off, I wasn’t getting paid. I submitted my timesheet correctly notifying them of my unpaid leave. So what would you do? Pay the money back as that’s the right thing to do? Or don’t respond to their calls and msgs anymore as I don’t foresee working for them again ?

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  • Oracle gasket
    Pay back the money. It's not yours.
    Jun 12 0
  • Bayer / IT Genie_22
    If they paid you for hours not worked then you have to pay them back. Otherwise they can file a lawsuit to force you to pay them back. They can report it to the credit bureau and will show up on your credit report as delinquent payment and tank your credit score.

    Also they will start charging interest for each day/week its unpaid.

    If they underpaid you wouldn’t you be expecting them to pay you?
    Jun 12 2
    • Honeywell wellHoney
      Wow you took a few leaps there to some shaky ground.

      Let me clarify. Yes they can file lawsuit. And when (yes the judge will find you guilty) you have the judgement against you, you must pay. The judgement may include lawyer fees and be larger than the amount you unpaid.

      THEN if you don’t pay, it’ll can go against you on your credit, accrue interest, etc.
      Jun 12
    • Bayer / IT Genie_22
      Yup, this it’s better to pay them now when being asking nicely than to force them to pursue payment through a lawsuit 😁
      Jun 12
  • Google əๅɓoo⅁
    If you owe them money, pay it back. You would expect them to do so if they underpaid.
    Jun 12 0
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    DuQvV7ymore
    Are you seriously considering not paying back an entity that has your SSN in their system?
    Jun 12 1
    • New / Eng :)(:
      Whats the big deal about ssn?
      Jun 12
  • New / Eng 3ngg
    Pay back.
    Jun 12 0
  • Honeywell wellHoney
    If it’s less than a couple thousand it’s unlikely they will come after you with legal action. Unless they are petty.
    If you’re on H1B, I would say don’t risk it. Otherwise, up to you.
    Jun 12 0
  • Oracle DjWaleBabu
    Pay them back but consider all tax implications. What you got in hand is after tax but they will ask you to refund before tax and deal will IRS to get the taxes back.
    Jun 12 4
    • Taylor Farms Batistuta
      I’d say they have to eat the tax. It’s their mistake in the first place. I wouldn’t bother with the tax.
      Jun 12
    • Uber oh ji6
      Typical stupid blind advise. W2 form will show correct number and there's no tax implications
      Jun 12
    • Bayer / IT Genie_22
      Like Uber said, you’ll get the taxes back when you file your taxes in 2020. No need to do anything special.
      Jun 12
    • Oracle DjWaleBabu
      It is not as simple as you think. I am speaking from my experience. There is federal tax, fica and Medicare. All have different process for claiming the credit for wages refunded back to employer.
      Jun 12
  • Oracle OlJs40
    make them send evidence proving they overpaid. If you dont pay them back they will sue, win, and you will have to pay the legal expenses.
    Jun 16 0
  • Uber oh ji6
    Whether you respond or not they have right to withdraw money back from your account, or send u to collection service. It's in your employment contract read it
    Jun 12 0
  • Palo Alto Networks onhb57
    If you have direct deposit they should have the ability to take the money back.
    Jun 12 0
  • Taylor Farms Batistuta
    I’d just pay back and call it a day. It’s not your money anyway, why would you be comfortable keeping it?
    Jun 12 0
  • New arch135
    If they paid you for hours you didn’t work , I would say you should pay it back , if they file case against you or not doesn’t matter. You have to pay it back because it’s not your money.
    Jun 12 0