Do I Have a Wage Complaint?

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Was the work performed in North Carolina?
Does your complaint for wages owed include overtime?
Were you paid at least $7.25 per hour (minimum wage)?
Is the amount owed to you more than $50.00?
Is the paycheck owed to you your final paycheck?
Have 10 days passed since your pay day?
Are you filing a claim for overtime?
Are you attempting to file an unemployment claim?
Are you attempting to file a complaint for employment retaliation?
Are you attempting to file a safety & health complaint?
Are you attempting to file a complaint for wrongful termination?
Are you filing for vacation or Paid Time Off?
Vacation Policies must have a clause (forfeiture) that explains what happens to vacation at separation from employment. Does the vacation policy have a clause or forfeiture clause that explains what happens to vacation upon separation?
Have you filed for the wages in Small Claims Court of any Court?

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If work was performed outside of North Carolina, you must file with the state where the work was performed. The Wage and Hour Bureau can only investigate hours of work performed in North Carolina

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If the wages include overtime, you must file an overtime complaint with US Department of Labor by calling 866-487-9243 or filing online here

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If your rate of pay is less than $7.25 per hour, you must file a complaint with US Department of Labor by calling 866-487-9243 or filing online here

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The minimum complaint amount must be at least $50.00

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The complainant must wait 10 days before they can file a complaint.

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If you were not paid overtime, you must file an overtime complaint with US Department of Labor by calling 866-487-9243 or filing here

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Unemployment claims must be filed with NC Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security at 888-737-0259 or online here

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If you are filing for retaliation, you must file with the Retaliatory Discrimination Bureau at 919-707-7941

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If you want to report a workplace safety and health concern, you can file by calling 800-625-2267 or by filing online here

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If you have questions or would like to file a complaint for wrongful termination, please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 800-669-4000.

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If there is a forfeiture clause within the policy, the NC Department of Labor cannot investigate the vacation/paid time off claim.

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If you have filed for the wages in court, the NCDOL – Wage and Hour Bureau cannot investigate your claim.

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You can file your wage complaint by completing the webform here, or over the phone at 1-800-625-2267.