In the United States, employees have the right to fair compensation for
their work. Each state has a different minimum wage, which prevents employers
from underpaying workers. These laws also address issues regarding unpaid
If your employer failed to provide the compensation you deserve for your
work, you can report a
wage violation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Understanding the Filing Process
You can file a complaint in person or by mail. Wage and hour violation
complaints should go to the (WHD) Wage and Hour Division of the Department
of Labor and include:
- When the violation occurred (specific dates, if possible)
- A general description of the violation
- Information about the employee’s pay, method of payment, and regularity
- Description of employee’s work/job title
- Contact information for the employer (name, phone number, address, etc.)
- Employee’s information (address, phone number, name)
What Happens After You File a Complaint
After you contact the WHD, it reviews the complaint and investigates the
claim. If the WHD determines that the employer denied the employee pay,
it may help him/her recover compensation. In some cases, the WHD needs
additional information from the complainant to pursue an allegation against
If possible, prepare as much information about the situation as possible.
This will help the WHD act quickly and effectively, so you can pursue
the wages you deserve.
When to Contact an Employment Law Attorney
Filing a claim isn’t easy, though. In fact, the WHD often demands
a daunting amount of information and paperwork. If you’re considering
a wage and hour dispute with your employer, speak with a member of our
firm today. At The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP, we can help you file
a complaint, gather the necessary information, and provide an effective
strategy to seek the wages you need. We have more than 30 years of legal
experience and serve clients in New York and New Jersey.
Contact our office today.
Your first consultation is free.