Bureaucracy sucks. I took a job at the beginning of December as a manager at a very well known company (After working for myself for a long time). I haven't been paid yet. 51 days. They are huge and have the money. Excuses have been made, affidavits have been signed, and after almost a month past the legal limit they are to pay me, I have to go through the employee rights board to get it. Which probably means that I'll have to quit before they find an excuse to fire me. I've tried to handle this internally whilst getting the run-around. Even if they don't fire me, would you work for a company that abuses salary hours to the point of no life, thinks so little of you to not pay you a month after you are supposed to be paid, and then blames you for it (I won't get into it, suffice it to say it's hilariously bad)? It's all too surreal. The only reason why I'm still at this job is because it's easier to hound HR from the inside, the economy is bad still, I am waiting for my 2nd month pay period to end so the gov't can get it all at once, and I'll be royally screwing the people at my store when I leave. People that I like and who will have to work much harder to make up for my open position. I took a lot of work off of the people there. Plus, there is no assistant manager. The HR people that are screwing me don't work in our store. I thought about staying on for a month or so while they hire and train a new person but I don't plan on putting this job on my resume and I feel violated by staying here (I don't require legal notice until 3 months). As if it's validating what HR are doing. I've had to cash in an investment early and took a hit in order to pay Christmas bills. I also won't get any interest earned on the money they kept from me, however little. By all accounts I shouldn't think twice about leaving, and once the gov't steps in tomorrow, I won't have to be there to get my money. Yet, I feel terrible for leaving my coworkers in such a bad place. It's making me sick at night. I don't live in the biggest city and I'll probably run into them in the future. I understand that I can't help it if they don't get why I had to leave but I hate being in a situation where I'll have to defend myself.