Wage theft is an illegal practice where an employer withholds money rightfully owed to an employee.
Examples of wage theft
- Failure to pay overtime
- Failure to pay the minimum wage required by the state
- Forcing employees to work off the clock
- Forcing employees to give any portion of their tips to the employer
- Deducting the cost of damaged equipment, missing cash from a register, or lost customers from an employee’s paycheck
Conditions required for filing a complaint
If you’ve experienced wage theft, you can file a complaint against your employer or former employer provided that:
- Your complaint is filed within three years of the wage theft.
- The total amount of wages lost is more than $100 and less than $10,000.
How to file a wage theft complaint
Fill out and sign your complaint form.
To help build your case, be sure to:
- Include a detailed description of the theft, with facts and dates, including employer names and locations in your email.