DoingHomework wrote:It really is no different than if they paid cash and you lost it.
You keep saying that, but it is different.
If the company paid you cash and you lost it, the company no longer has the money. The money left their account. If they had $1,003,500 before they paid you, now they have $1,000,000.
In the OP's case, they paid him with a cheque he never cashed. So after they "paid" him, they still had $1,003,500 in their account. Now, months/years later, they still have the $3,500.
You keep saying "it's not different," but clearly, it's exactly $3,500 different.