My husbands company taking money from employees

My husband works for Amcomm
Telecommunications..he has off and on
for many years. They have been shorting
employees checks for quite some
time..and the week of Thanksgiving they
did it to my husband. They said he didnt
work day before or after Thanksgiving so
his check was 3 days short. They wont
make it right even after my husband
proved them wrong.and he wont keep
asking them because he is scared they
will fire him..what can we do?

Asked on December 21, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You have two options:
First, you can contact your state or the federal department of labor; they enforce the labor laws, including failure to pay wages or overtime required under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or similar state laws, and may be able to help your husband get the money to which he is entitled. Even if they can't help, asking for their help is free, so it's a good place to start. 
Second, you could sue. When somone works, they work pursuant, or as per, an agreement, even if only an oral or unwritten one, that they will be paid in exchange for working. If the employee performs the work but the employer does not pay him, that is a violation of that agreement; therefore, the employer could be sue for "breach of contract" for the money.


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