I worked in a restaurant chain for almost nine years and got fired. I had 10 paid vacation days I never used. How can I get them to pay these out to me?
I would ask using the style of an invoice from a service provider or trades person.
That is provide details where to put the money (bank, account, name etc) and also a reasonable timeframe.
That way if there is a delay or wait for long time you could take it to the next level, just in case.
I would first check the laws of your state and see if there are any laws regarding this.
If you were fired for cause in lieu of prosecution, it would be wise to let the matter drop.
If you were fired for any other reason, it would be worth taking it to corporate. If these days were accrued and not paid out, then an email or letter to your regional supervisor with one CC'd to corporate would be the appropriate action.
If you don't have the regional supervisor's number, go to corporate directly, also contact your local unemployment office and ask them for advice, often times, the frontline people know a bit and may help you.
If your income is low enough, the unemployment office may ask you about legal aide. Your county's website should have information about that, and if they don't, you can go to your county courthouse personally, and inquire.
If you have any disabilities, also check in with your county's vocational rehabilitation office, they may also be able to help.
Threaten them with legal action, it will show them who is in charge, p.s. I think you need to show that you aren't willing to back down, but certainly try to settle things politely first. And most importantly, get evidence.