a different scenerio, this one involves me personally: when i worked at the printshop.... i was about 25 yrs old. i worked afternoon shift (3-11 pm). there was always tons of overtime, sat, sun, 12 hr shifts, whatever you wanted. well, pay day was thursday. the previous week, i had worked my 40 hrs, plus sat and sunday, plus overtime on the weekdays. somebody owed me alot of money.FOR VARIOUS REASONS, the management and myself were always butting heads. it was a "tit for tat" thing. they'd screw me, i'd screw em back, and so on. being single, i got raped in taxes, but it was still alot of money. thursday came, my shift started, they handed out paychecks. WHAT THE HECK!!!!! no overtime, they paid me my regular 40 hrs, but no overtime pay(roughly $650). i stormed into my supervisor's office, and demanded my money. he said they will get it to me next week. i said bullsh!t, i want it NOW!. no way he said, it was a mistake, to be corrected next week. i was furious. i refused to work. i sat down on top of the machine, and said i will not work till i'm paid in full. he demanded i move. i said nope, and if u touch me, i'll sue you. he called the plant manager, i told him the same thing. they called the union rep, i told him the same thing. finally after holding up production for about 1.5 hrs, they sent the secretary to me. she said, "bob, i called payroll, they have a check waiting for you, go ahead and pick it up." (payroll dept was located like 5 miles down the highway) i said, "nope, everyone else gets thier check here, i want my check right here, or i aint moving. you'll have to call the police to move me out in shackles." she goes back in the office, comes out with her coat on, and goes and picks up my check. after 2 hrs of protest, i am paid in full, and production resumes. NOW, tell me, did they have a right to short my pay? did i have a right to refuse to work? could i have been terminated? would they have suffered any legal penalties from the dept of labor for shorting my pay? for firing me?