I am wondering everyone's opinion on this matter. I currently work for a small architecture office and I have been there since 2002. I worked the first few years both parttime (during college) and fulltime (when on break). I'd say 2002 through 2004 had me work 4 or 5 full time months when I wasn't at school (winter, summer breaks) and a day or 2 a week when at school. 2005 I'd say I worked 3 days a week (low class load) and full time for a few months, and September 2005 I signed on for full time (benefits, vacation, personal days, etc.). Anyways, I feel I need to move on- the commute is waaaay too far and I just feel like I am not going anywhere there, so I found a new job. Best part, new job is 10 blocks from my apartment, as opposed to the 40+ miles each way I was driving previously. I gave notice that I would be leaving at the very end of last year- friday the 29th. Quite politely (and professionally, I might add) I brought up that I had found a job extremely close to home and that I would soon be leaving. Fair enough, they understood that it made sense for me. The other day I sit down with my 2 bosses and say that we should talk about when my last day would be. I came up with Friday January 19th- an solid 3 weeks after I initially broke news I would be leaving. I figured that would be a nice gesture, as opposed to the standard 2 weeks (or 1 week notice that someone gave last year when they quit). I then (extremely politely) asked how we would work out my vacation pay- I get one week vacation paid each year, plus 5 personal days. Then things took a turn. Long story short, the gist of the conversation is that they believe vacation and sick/personal days are an earned bonus, if you will- not a right that I am due or deserve. B.S. I politely said that I didn't see it that way, that as long as one still has unused time, they are due pay for it. They weren't changing their stance (and had quite a bit of an attitude about it). I left it at that, for the time being. Tomorrow (or tday, I should say now) I am going to talk with them more about this. So what does everyone think? Everyone that I talked to agreed that I am due BOTH a full week's vacation pay AND 5 days personal day pay. That is my right, part of something my bosses and I both agreed to before I started full time. Case in point- a friend of mine recently left his job, one he had been at only for about a year or 2. He didn't take his vacation, they just payed him for it when he left. I kind of felt this might happen. I could very easily have taken vacation the first week of the year, came back and said I quite or given my 2 weeks- but I am not like that. I thought I would give them the benefit of the doubt and give them some time. As far as I am concerned, I still have 2 more weeks to go. I still am an emnployee there.. If they are going to refuse to give me what I am owed, what's to stop me from getting "sick" or having "personal issues" for 5 days straight before I leave? That's not my style, but what's to stop me? It's late and I'm sleepy, so if I don't respond to any repsonses immediately, I am still grateful for everyone's opinions- I just fell asleep. Also- in 5 years, I have NEVER taken a sick day or called out- I always gave 2 weeks notice or more for any day off. Just something to think about.