Within 10 days of receiving your wage and hour claim, Wage and Hour Compliance will mail you an acknowledgement letter listing your claim number. (Please be ready to provide your claim number whenever you contact Wage and Hour about your claim.)
Your claim will be reviewed to verify that Wage and Hour Compliance has jurisdiction. If your claim does not fall within its jurisdiction, they will return your claim to you, with an explanation.
Depending on the nature of the wage and hour claim, your claim will be assigned to a field investigator, handled by mail, or scheduled for a Wage Collection proceeding.
- Assigned to a field investigator - If your claim is assigned to a field investigator, the field investigator may contact you for additional information. After the investigator has all the information, he/she will make an in-person visit to the employer.
- Handled by mail - If your claim involves only you (e.g. you did not receive your last paycheck), it will be handled by mail. The employer will be contacted by mail and given the opportunity to either pay the wages due or explain why the wages are not due.
- Scheduled for a Wage Collection proceeding - If your claim involves any kind of benefit that arises from an employment contract (i.e. vacation, holiday, commission, severance, or bonus pay), it will be scheduled for a Wage Collection proceeding.
It will be necessary for you to attend the proceeding, present evidence in support of your complaint and waive any amount of your complaint in excess of $30,000. If you do not wish to waive the excess, you may wish to file a civil suit in a court of competent jurisdiction.
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