Can an employer not pay you for hours you’ve worked?

My daughter has noticed her paychecks are short every pay check. I told her to keep track of her hours

and make sure. The employer is most definitely shorting her, this 2 week pay check is 2 hours short. Other employees are seeing the same pattern. They are all teenagers paid minimumwage. Is this illegal? What can I say to her boss?

Asked on May 10, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

She can inquire of her boss why her hours are being shorted and ask for an explanation as to why. If that doesn't produce any satisfaction, she can either sue them in small claims court if it worth it (i.e. will the time and costs justify the expense based on what is owed to her) or she can file a wage claim with your state's department of labor. If she is fired as a result of the wage claim, then that would be considered "retalaition", and under the law is illegal.

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