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In the state of Washington an employee is guaranteed payment for all hours worked, whether or not those hours are approved. To recover the money you are owed for those hours all you need to do is file a wage complaint with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries for all of your unpaid hours. You can do so here:
They will launch a full investigation and make sure that you get paid. There is no need to get an attorney involved at this point unless you really want to.
Of course, if you want to hire one, that is entirely up to you. If you decide to hire an attorney, a great resource is www.Martindale.com. This is a nationwide directory that is useful in finding highly qualified legal specialists in various fields of law. The lawyers in Martindale are not selected because they paid to be included, but rather because they have been rated by other attorneys as qualified experts in their field. Consider consulting with two or three different attorneys prior to selecting the one you feel most comfortable with.
In a case like yours an attorney would take your case on contingency which means that you would end up owing nothing out of pocket
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