Suing an Employer for Unpaid Wages

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What Are Unpaid Wages?

Unpaid wages results from instances where an employer fails to pay an employee the wages that they have rightfully and lawfully earned. Sometimes referred to as withheld salary or withheld wages, unpaid wages can occur in connection with:

Payment of withheld wages is often called back pay or retro pay.

How Do I File a Complaint for Unpaid Wages?

Filing a complaint for unpaid wages may involve:

In many cases, an internal complaint with the company’s HR department may be sufficient to correct a mistake or an oversight. However, if the error is originating in the HR department, or if an internal complaint is not sufficient, a civil lawsuit may be necessary. Some unpaid wage lawsuits are filed as a class action lawsuit if several employees are affected all at once.

What Are the Legal Consequences for Unpaid Wages?

Withholding salary is illegal and may result in legal consequences. These can include:

In many cases, a damages award can help the plaintiff to recover the losses associated with the employer violation.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Unpaid Wage Disputes?

Having wages withheld can create problems for both employees and employers. You may need to hire a lawyer if you need professional legal assistance for any type of employment law matter. Your attorney can provide you with advice and representation regarding unpaid wages. Also, if you need to appear in court for formal hearings, your lawyer can be on hand to guide you through the process.

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Last Modified: 12-08-2015 11:05 AM PST

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