Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
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Because employment is at will, your employer can reduce your pay going forward at any time. The decrease is only effective for hours worked after you've been told about it. It is not legal to reduce pay for hours already worked, because you worked those hours based on the promise that the employer would pay a certain amount. If your employer will not pay the amount you're owed, the law allows you to collect double the amount they withheld, plus interest. N.C. Gen. Stat., Section 95-25.22.
You have two years to file a lawsuit, but you can also file a Wage Complaint with the North Carolina Department of Labor. Note that you have to wait at least 10 days after receiving your paycheck before you can sue.
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