Boy, I’m just divulging everything up in here aren’t I? :) I guess I can’t hold it in anymore. But unlike last week’s fiasco, THIS news looks to be much more promising! Even though you’ll probably wonder what the hell is wrong with me for being so patient throughout it all, haha… seriously, this might be the single most craziest/jacked-up story yet in my career. I sure know how to pick ‘em…
(and if you’re a long-time reader here, *this* is what I’ve been referring to over the past cple years when I said there were issues w/ my 401(k) I couldn’t discuss yet… there’s a lot more to the story here, but here’s the general run down)
The Situation (as said w/ Jersey accent)
There’s no easy way to sugar coat it, so here’s the deal: My ex-ex employer (not to be confused with the shady 1-ex-employer) has owed me $20,000 for over a year now. In fact, it’s been 14 months. And by that I mean - she deducted it from my paycheck, and never put it INTO my 401(k) account (both employee AND employer contributions). So basically she stole it and/or used it for company business which is obviously highly illegal. So why didn’t I do anything about it?
Why I didn’t do anything about it
First, as always, I never imagine stuff like this happening. Especially for such a long period of time. It had happened a few times before in my4+ years of employment, but every single time without fail it was corrected. So as crazy/annoying/illegal as it was, I had always gotten back every last penny owed to me.
But the second, and most important reason I never cried wolf, was the fact that my ex-ex-employer and I are good friends. And everyone knows what happens when money issues come between you – it can get extremely ugly and extremely fast. (We became friends AFTER I was hired, I usually don’t like mixing business with pleasure, except for online stuff ;)) So while I wanted my money as fast as possible to put this whole nonsense behind us, I also wanted to make sure I gave her every last opportunity to the very end until I couldn’t take it any longer.
The day I couldn’t take it any longer
You know when bad news comes in 3? Well, in early Jan this struck and I just lost my $hit. Not in a angry or disrespectful way, but more like a “I’m tired of just sitting back and waiting” way. That was when I got serious about taking legal action against 1-ex-employer (last paycheck dumminess), and another company that owes me $2,000 still in back pay (which should hit my account any day now).
I asked my friend/ex-ex employer one last time when the money would be going in, and she said at the end of the month (Jan). I flat out told her that if nothing is in there come Feb 1 I’m reporting her to the Department of Labor (who I had contacted, but never gave details or moved forward with yet). I told her I loved her, I respected her (mostly), but I was done playing games. I needed to get this over with and move on with my life.
Unsurprisingly, she went bonkers. I mean, like total 180. And for a brief moment I actually got scared! It was like the exorcist up in there!! ;) Haha… But as you can imagine, I was utterly and completely exhausted by that point and it really didn’t matter anymore… If I lost her as a friend, so be it. Obviously she hadn’t been respecting me these past 14 months anyways.
Where we stand now
I got $3,000 of my money!! Magically enough the first week of Feb came and I had a nice little surprise in it :) I was seriously dumbfounded. Did my threatening do it? Was it just the timing? (it seemed to come awfully faster than normal, and there’s not many ways you can do that when financial processes are in place with these institutions). I still don’t know, but I honestly don’t care. The fact that ANYTHING made it in is a good sign to me, and shows that we may be nearing toward the end of this thing.
And that’s really why I’m bringing it up right now. It’s hard for me to be all rant-like on this site when I don’t have anything positive to add to the story like last week, so I wanted to share something GOOD today :) Something that will hopefully motivate you to get up and stand for your rights MUCH more quickly than myself! Haha…
I’ll let you know if the remaining $17,000 hits when it’s supposed to, but either way we’re feeling hopeful. Appreciate y’all listening. And I hope none of you guys are going through such stupidness! If you are, let it all out below and release a little stress :) We’re all in this together, baby.