I tried searching for the answer from multiple sources, and am having a hard time finding a clear answer to a seemingly simple questions.
I left my previous employer about a month ago (I resigned, it ended amicably...I even gave an additional week's notice (3 weeks), to help adequately transition my projects before my departure).
I didn't get paid on my last paycheck, for which the pay date was about a week after my last day there. When I inquired with HR, they initially had no idea why I didn't get paid, and said they would look into it.
About a week later, after their "investigation", they got back to me, claiming:
- Due to a clerical error (on their end, they admitted to this), I have been overpaid on each paycheck since January 2017.
-They calculated the amount they overpaid me, and this is why my last paycheck was $0.00 (it was deducted from my last pay).
-There is still a balance owing, and they are requesting I send them a cheque for the difference remaining
I am trying to figure out whether I am legally obligated to pay them back. Everything I've read so far points to no, but can't find anything definitive. I don't want to pay them anything, mostly out of principle, and especially considering it was their mistake (for almost a year!)
I just want to make sure it won't affect my credit score or something. I will get legal advice if I need to, but rather not go through the trouble.
Thanks in advance for your help.