I am not saying you don't have a good case. In fact, if you haven't been paid what you are owed, then you have a great case! Especially if no one at your company is explaining to you what these deductions from you paycheck are!
But you need to understand what kind of case you have. You do not have an embezzlement case, you have an unpaid wages
case. If someone is embezzling out of your paycheck, then the claim for the embezzlement would belong to the company against the person embezzling.
You have a claim against the company for unpaid wages only. What I suggest you do is file this claim with the Illinois Labor Board, as you previously mentioned. If Company Management will not assist you and you have already reported the short payments to payroll and your management, then filing an unpaid wage claim with the state is really your best option. The complaint information may be found at: http://www.illinois.gov/idol/Pages/Complaints.aspx
You may also file the claim in the Circuit Court and seek penalties for yourself. However, you would need a lawyer to do this, as the Court does not investigate a claim for you. You as a legal party must conduct your own investigation through the process of what is called "discovery".
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