How to sue for unpaid wages

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How to sue for unpaid wages
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Unpaid wages are earned wages not disbursed to the employee. Depending on the circumstances, the law requires employers to pay employees and provide pay for hours worked. Employees who don't receive wages can sue to receive their rightful earnings.

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    Get your evidence together. Collect pay stubs, time sheets, bounced checks, vacation time, breaks, personal time off, contract and travel expenses. These can help refute any inconsistencies claimed by your employer. Send your employer a letter asking about your unpaid wages and when the employer plans to pay them. If your employer admits it owes you wages, this is evidence you can use to build your case.

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    Ask other employees owed unpaid wages about going in on a group or class-action lawsuit. A single employee owed unpaid wages and no evidence will find it difficult to win a case. If you don't have record payments, inquire about time cards and sign-in sheets at your workplace.

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    Talk to lawyers who specialise in labour and employment law. Don't get your hopes up. Most lawyers won't take a case unless there are large amounts of money involved. Approach a lawyer with the idea of filing a class-action lawsuit to make your case more attractive to him.

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    Sue for unpaid wages if your employer refuses to pay. Sue in county, state, district or small claims court. In most states, a judge will award unpaid wages and penalty money. In some states, if your lose, you may be liable for your employer's legal fees if the employer counter sues. Look into your state's laws ahead of time.

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