Department of Labor

Recovery of Unpaid Wages on Behalf of Claimants (Follow-Up Review)

The Department of Labor investigates complaints about unpaid wages. Two units within the Department respond to such complaints, but each unit deals with a different group of workers. In our prior audit report 94-S-56, we compared the practices of the two units and found that, while one unit always assessed interest and penalties when employers underpaid workers, the other unit rarely assessed interest and penalties in such cases. We further noted that, unlike the first unit, the second unit did not take strong action against employers who repeatedly underpaid wages. We recommended that the Department strengthen its response to wage violations. In our follow-up review, we found that good progress has been made in implementing our recommendations.

For a complete copy of Report 96-F-15 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.