If you were promised a certain amount of severance by your former employer and you have not seen that money or have only seen a portion of it, your employer has violated a contract and you can sue for that money and breech of contract.
While severance is not the same as an actual wage-as you did not actually work for that sum of money-the fact that you entered into a contract stating that a certain amount of severance pay would be granted is enough to justify a lawsuit.
The first thing you should realize about severance is that is typically used as a way to soften the blow of losing a job and hopefully–for the company–prevent you from suing for wrongful termination. If you signed a severance agreement, you may have signed over your right to sue the company over issues involving your termination. Do not sign a severance agreement if you feel that you were unfairly let go by your company. But while it may be more difficult to sue for wrongful termination after signing, you can certainly still sue for the severance. The following steps may help you obtain your severance payment:
Research laws regarding severance–knowing a little about the law and how it may relate to your current situation can be priceless.
Contact your employer and ask about the severance pay you have not seen–it may be a matter of confusion that can be easily cleared up.
Consult an attorney–if your employer still refuses to give you the pay you agreed to, it may be time to send a formal letter and then begin a lawsuit.