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Contact the local office of the Federal Wage and Hour Board and let them know what has happened. If you have a union job, contact the local about the problem. You also can contact the state and city/local government offices responsible for overseeing such matters for their assistance. One or more of these will be able to help you unless your employer has gone belly up, in which case you need to check and see if the state has a fund to cover such situations.
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I would contact every agency you can think of, including the state attorney's office. There should be state and local government offices that handle civil disputes over wages too, and they should be listed in the blue pages of the phone book or just call the local government's main line, give them a brief outline of the facts and ask to be directed to the appropriate agency for help. There has to be a state agency that oversees auto dealerships, so locate and contact them for help.
I also would contact the union for assistance and to put them on alert that this has occurred and that there may be more similarly situated who will need help. Also, the union may be able to direct you to the goverment agencies that can help.
The more sources of pressure that can be brought to bear, the better the chance that the checks will be made good.
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