STOCKTON (CBS13) — Former employees say they’re being forced to sign letters of resignation to get paid after the Stockton Boys & Girls Club lost its charter, raising questions of legality.
That group of former employees, mostly college students, are taking to the matter to the state labor board, saying they should have been paid on their last day.
Instead of getting paid, they say an administrator said they had to sign a letter of resignation first.
Labor law attorney Warren C. Osgood says when the Stockton chapter lost its charter from the national organization it appears the employees were laid off.
If that was the case, the move to make employees sign a letter of resignation was tied to unemployment benefits.
“It appears as though the employer is just trying to avoid having to pay the unemployment benefits, and trying to get away with it through a rather ingenious little method,” he said.
We contacted the woman who former employers say gave them the ultimatum. She first agreed to an interview, but later canceled. She instead referred us to Stockton Mayor and former Boys & Girls Club CEO Anthony Silva’s executive assistant. That assistant refused to comment on the paycheck problem.
Whether or not the employees signed the letter, labor law experts agree the employees should have been paid the day the club closed.
The Stockton Boys & Girls Club chapter lost its national charter for not being in full compliance with all requirements and operating standards.