For some reason, many employers try not to give workers their final pay. Taking pay that you already earned is theft. You can fight for your pay. The laws are different in every state, so please choose your state and read about protecting the money you earned.
The state information will also explain:
- if you have a right to severance pay
- if you have a right to accrued vacation pay
- what independent contractors can do to get their pay
- if your boss can hold your last paycheck
The US Government also enforces your right to the pay that you earned, but not very well. Also, they will only enforce your right to be paid the federal minimum wage and overtime.