Taking action when your employer illegally withholds your wages

On Behalf of | May 11, 2023 | Employment Law |

Laws in Delaware prevent employers from illegally withholding wages from employees. If you suspect your employer is not complying with these laws, it is crucial to understand the steps you can take to safeguard yourself.

Find out what you should do if you believe your wages are being illegally withheld.

Gather evidence

The first step is to collect evidence that supports your suspicion. This may include documents such as pay stubs or timecards that show the hours you worked and the wages you received. If you are unable to obtain these documents, you can request them from your employer.

Talk to your employer

Once you have evidence, the next step is to discuss the issue with your employer. Explain your concerns and provide them with the evidence you have gathered. Your employer may have made an honest mistake, and a straightforward conversation may resolve the issue.

File a wage claim

If talking to your employer does not result in a satisfactory outcome, the next step is to contact the Delaware Department of Labor. You can file a claim online or in person at one of the department’s offices. They will investigate your claim and may order your employer to pay any outstanding wages.

Seek outside help

Another step you can take is to consult with a trusted advisor, such as a financial counselor or social worker, who can provide you with additional guidance and resources. They can offer advice on managing your finances during this time and guide you in navigating any legal or bureaucratic hurdles that may arise. Additionally, they can provide emotional support and help you develop coping strategies to deal with the stress and anxiety that may accompany a dispute with your employer. Remember that you are not alone, and there are resources available to assist you in protecting your rights as an employee.

Remember that it is your right to receive the wages you have earned, and taking action can help ensure that your employer follows the law.