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Unpaid Wages

Maginnis Howard’s employment attorneys represent employees unlawfully denied compensation from their employers. Our attorneys are experienced in the various laws governing minimum wage, overtime wages, and other unpaid wages (vacation pay, bonuses, commissions, sick pay, and paid time off), including the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act (NCWHA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). We generally provide free consultations to employees who have not been monies owed to them by their employers.

Under North Carolina law, a prevailing employee represented by an attorney in an unpaid wages/salary lawsuit may recover his reasonable attorneys’ fees, court costs, and interest. Furthermore, because bonuses are “wages” under the NCWHA, a prevailing plaintiff can be awarded twice the amount of unpaid wages as “liquidated damages.” Thus, if an employee is owed $15,000 in wages, a judge can award the employee $30,000, plus attorneys’ fees and costs.

Our attorneys represent employees who are owed compensation throughout North Carolina. We understand how important wage and hour issues are to individuals and families and actively apply the unique and nuanced wage laws in the NCWHA and FLSA to assist employees across various industries with their individual cases.

If you are one of a group of employees who are not being paid, we can represent a group collectively if you are all dealing with the same failures to pay wages.

If you are unfairly being paid or not receiving the benefits to which you are entitled, we may be able to help you. We have successfully represented workers in various industries throughout North Carolina with wage and hour issues, including unpaid wages, overtime issues, work breaks, and prevailing overtime misclassification cases. Our attorneys would love the opportunity to assist you in obtaining fair compensation. We typically accept these cases on a contingency basis, meaning no attorney fees are owed unless we recover something for you or your fellow employees.