Anyone ever filed an unpaid wage claim against employer?

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neveragain
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Anyone ever filed an unpaid wage claim against employer?

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Has anyone here filed an unpaid wage claim against an employer for wages past due? And if so, what was the outcome?
DrakeSRT
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Re: Anyone ever filed an unpaid wage claim against employer?

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I have back in 1991. Employer paid me the day before the hearing at the labor board.
runner3081
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No, but have been on the other side in HR a few times. The vast majority go away after a response from the company's legal rep. The couple that went further were at mediation and were settled for a pittance, not even enough to hit the business insurance.
codedude
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I did in 2002. Sent letter to the state workforce commission. Employer ignored the workforce commission’s letters. Workforce commission blocked employer’s bank account, sent me a check for amount due.
Scrapr
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I tried. Former employer had me on a salary plusa a profit bonus. I gave notice..about a month as i recall. paid out my salary but no bonus. I did notice that many many truck & trailers got new tires during my notice period. I suspect the owner was spending my bonus on truck repairs. Called the Labor Dept. they said they can't adjudicate bonus. I never received an accounting either. One of those life lessons where i learned how not to be a boss
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Scrapr wrote: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:41 pm I tried. Former employer had me on a salary plusa a profit bonus. I gave notice..about a month as i recall. paid out my salary but no bonus. I did notice that many many truck & trailers got new tires during my notice period. I suspect the owner was spending my bonus on truck repairs. Called the Labor Dept. they said they can't adjudicate bonus. I never received an accounting either. One of those life lessons where i learned how not to be a boss
Also, don’t give notice before bonus is paid.
btenny
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Never for me but my brother in law did. His boss at a small company just did not pay him and kept working contracts and so forth. So after a while my BIL quit and kept asking for his back pay. So after about a year he filed a claim at Labor relations (some govt office) and with his union. After some time he went to a hearing and got a judgement against the company. Then the union suspended the company. And the state of California suspended the guys license for a while. My BIL never got his back pay and the company never got any more state work or union jobs. But his company still exists.

Good Luck.
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I left a company just after the end of the FY. Their rule was that you had to be with the company the entire year to qualify for year end bonus. When I got my bonus check a couple of months later it was short $8k. I knew exactly what financials were in my division at year end and met with new executive in charge. He was adversarial and would not budge. I felt it would be too distracting to contest this, plus they could have easily adjusted year end financials after the fact. So I decided to just move on. I had a really good relationship withthe company owners and did not want to damage that. I believe it was good that I did not push the matter further because the owners were very influential in the IT community and proved helpful to me in the future.
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