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Thank you for using Just Answer.While Florida does not have its own state labor agency, you can file a claim for unpaid wages with the federal Department of Labor. How to file a complaint can be found here:http://www.dol.gov/wecanhelp/howtofilecomplaint.htm
Alternatively, federal and Florida unpaid wage laws allow private attorneys to recover attorney fees from the employer if the employee had to hire an attorney to recover unpaid wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Attorney’s fees in these claims can sometimes be greater than the unpaid wage claim itself. Because of this, the employer has a greater incentive to resolve an overtime or unpaid wage claim with a private attorney than with the Department of Labor. The DOL is also an understaffed, overworked agency, so claims filed with them directly could potentially take a very long time to process.Note, however, that in most cases that can be brought under the FLSA, the employee filing the claim has a two-year limit to bring action and recover unpaid wages. However, if the employer’s action is shown to be willful, that limit extends to three years. In the context of the FLSA, that means that an aggrieved employee can recover unpaid wages going back no more than two years (or three for willful violations) from the date a lawsuit is filed. That means if you have unpaid wages from 2011, those would be barred from recovery under the law, unfortunately.Should you need additional information or clarification, please reply and I'll be happy to assist you further. Thank you.