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You have two options in this case, as the wage is owed regardless of the employer's ultimate satisfaction with the work. One is to file a lawsuit on your own against the employer for the lost wage and expenses. This costs you money out of pocket to pursue because you have to usually hire an attorney and pay court costs to file.
The other option most people use in this scenario is to file a wage claim with the State. These are free of cost, and the State does not charge you anything to investigate and resolve the matter either through a voluntary settlement with the employer or a hearing. If you wish you can find the relevant forms and filing information for a wage claim here.
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I went to the Arizona Labor Board website and found out I can only file for regular time lost. I could not file for overtime or expenses incurred on the form. Is this correct? I would like to file with the labor board since Arizona is so far away and it would be expensive for me to pursue thru the court system.