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I loved my job but they let me go 2 weeks ago. I will never fall in love with a job or coworkers again. I also will never trust the hosptital environment again either. I went in on Friday to see if I could get my pto. They had new nurses lined up for orientation. They let me go at the drop of a hat. I am still trying to get my pto time that they owe me. I am scared I will never see it. Moral of story: use pto up as fast as you can accumulate it. I will follow up if I get my pto. Its about 200 hours.
That PTO is your legal right. I don't know what state you live in but many state labor laws require that if you terminate an employee you have to have their final check available in 24 hours. That includes any balance for credits earned. From the moment you found out you've lost your job the clock is ticking. Just check your states labor laws regarding the issue and see if this is applicable. There are heavy fines if they are holding your money!
So I am technically against using your PTO as quickly as possible becasue you may be injured outside of work and need time to recover. I worked for a place for 5-6 years maybe only using one or two days and had to take several weeks I had accumulated.
Usually management wants you to take PTO and has PTO accumulation limits because it is a debt. That is the way it looks in the books. So, don't even think about letting them slide on your money. They are stealing from you! Check the laws and file a complaint even if they do give you your money. If you need help looking for the law I am usually pretty handy with those kinds of things.