Can I sue for unpaid wages if my employer has already been subject to a DOL investigation?

Yes, a court held recently. In Casuto v. Town of Greenwich (Conn. Superior Court, December 2013), the court held that town employees who had already been paid the wages that they were owed (plus interest) after a DOL investigation could still bring a lawsuit in court. The reason for this is that Connecticut’s wage law provides for double damages and attorneys’ fees if the employer acted “arbitrarily, unreasonably, or in bad faith.” The court held that the employees, who had received some of the compensation for which the law allows, could sue to obtain the rest of the compensation- the double damages and attorneys’ fees.

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