What Should I do if I am Not Paid My Final Check on Time?
Massachusetts law takes late payment of any wages, including a final paycheck, very seriously.
If you are not timely paid your final wages, vacation time, and commissions, you have a right to bring a claim and recover three times the late or unpaid amount.
The first step is to file a complaint with the Massachusetts Attorney General's office. This is so that you can receive a document called a "right to sue letter" from the AGO that gives you the right to bring a private civil suit. You should do this first, because it is a requirement for any later action.
You should also consult with an employment lawyer about what you are entitled to and the best strategy for getting you that remedy. It could be immediately filing a civil suit, or it could be sending a demand letter to your former employer to try to reach a settlement before entering litigation.
Learn more here about remedies for late payment of wages under the Massachusetts Wage Act.
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