Updated: 2020-06-25 by
A wage claim is an administrative complaint you can make against your employer with your state department of labor. Most states have created a process for employees to file a wage claim with a government agency, so they can get their claims adjudicated and get the money they are owed, in less time and for less money than it would cost to file a lawsuit. Not every state has a wage claim procedure, however. Check the website of the California Department of Industrial Relations to learn more.
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