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What are my rights if my employer owes me unpaid wages?

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2023 | Wage & Hour Laws |

When you clock in and complete your designated work, as an employee, you expect to be fairly compensated for your output. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for an employer to fail to live up to their end of the bargain as far as remuneration for work done is concerned.

If you believe your employer is withholding what is rightfully yours, you may be able to pursue unpaid wages as well as any other applicable damages under the law.

What does an unpaid wages claim look like?

Each state has laws regarding how much an employee should be paid. If you are unpaid after work or if you are not paid the Florida minimum wage, you may be eligible for an unpaid wages claim. This can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as employee misclassification or simply a failure to pay for hours worked.

How much time do you have to sue for unpaid wages?

Like other states, Florida has a statute of limitations, or time period, within which you may file an unpaid wages claim against your employer. It is important that you operate within this statute of limitations period lest you forfeit your right to the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to. If your claim falls under the state’s Minimum Wage Act, then you must bring your claim within five years from the date of violation. However, prior to filing a claim, you must give the employer notice of the violation and an opportunity to cure by paying the minimum wage due.

Pursuing justice

If you are owed unpaid wages, the damages available to you largely depend on the specific violation. Some of the evidence you need to put together to build your case includes your employment contract, pay stubs and timesheets. An employment law attorney with knowledge handling employment law disputes, like unpaid wage claims, will have a better understanding of the next steps to take and the exact documentation you will need.