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Equal Rights Division Newsletter - March 4, 2021

Frustrated by unpaid wages Having Trouble Getting Paid?

Wisconsin Wage Payment and Collection Law makes it possible for current and former employees to file a claim for wages owed and never paid or paid late. Learn More about Wage Payment and Collection

The Problem Hard at work

It’s all fun and games until it’s payday.

So you took on a second shift spot for a few weeks to help out your employer, and you really like the change of pace. The evening crew is pretty fun - and second shift is supposed to pay more than first shift. But when you get your first paycheck after switching shifts, you notice your pay has not changed at all. Should you contact the Equal Rights Division?

The Answer

Start by reviewing your employee handbook or any policies and communications describing how you are supposed to be paid. Then, if you still believe you are being underpaid, discuss the pay discrepancy with your employer. Give your employer time to correct the situation and pay the difference. If your employer refuses to pay you the wages owed, or you begin to feel brushed off, you may want to contact the Equal Rights Division for further assistance. NOTE - Wisconsin law prevents employers from retaliating against you for filing a wage claim or taking other steps to protecting your rights.

Know Your Rights

Remember, you have the right to be compensated for the hours you have worked. Wage claims may be filed with the Equal Rights Division for disputes over both written and verbal compensation agreements.

Equal Rights Officers are available to answer your employment discrimination questions. We take calls Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:45 AM and 4:30 PM. Madison: (608) 266-6860; Milwaukee: (414) 227-4384.

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