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 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.