Legal ServicesWage and Overtime Claims


Violations of wage and overtime rights can occur in several different ways. The following is a brief list of some of the most common wage violations we see in Wisconsin:

  • Failure to pay overtime wages to hourly and salaried employees
  • Failure to pay workers for work performed off-the-clock
  • Requiring workers to perform work duties during unpaid lunch breaks
  • Unlawful automatic paycheck deductions
  • Failure to pay employees minimum wage

Unfortunately, far too many Wisconsin employees face these unfair treatments at the hands of their employers, often causing them undue financial hardship.

If you or a loved one are not getting paid correctly or on time, talk to an experienced unpaid wages lawyer today to review your legal options.


Employers can cheat their employees of overtime pay in virtually any job sector, but employees in some sectors are more vulnerable to unpaid wages than others. Some of the most common job sectors where lost or unpaid wages occur include:

If you have been denied the compensation you deserve, we are prepared to help you pursue compensation for the wages you should have been paid.


If you believe that your employer has failed to pay you the unpaid wages you deserve, you may be entitled to file a claim for money that you are owed, in addition to penalty damages. Contact Jason Knutson with Habush Habush & Rottier today at 608-255-6663 to speak with an experienced legal professional about the details of your case and learn more about how we can help.

Unpaid Wages FAQs

If you live in the state of Wisconsin here are steps that you can take to recover unpaid wages.

The first step to file a wage complaint with the Department of Workforce Development against your current or former employer for unpaid wages. Your unpaid wage claim must be filed within two years of when the wages were earned and payable.

After filing a wage complaint an investigator assigned to your complaint gives notice and a copy of your complaint to your employer. The notice gives the employer the option to either:

  • Pay the disputed wages
  • Provide information that disputes the validity of the claim

The Department of Workforce Development is not biased. In matters of wage complaints, it is the responsibility of the employer and the complainants to provide information that establishes validity for their side. Based on the merits of the complaint, the investigator will issue a written decision that determines whether or not wages are due. If wages are due the investigator requests payment from the employer.

Based on the many factors involved, investigations can be very complex. The level of complexity can cause the process to last up to several months. If complainants feel that the process is taking too long they can file their claims in court.

Yes. You can choose to file unpaid wages claims in court. In this situation it is always best to go to an attorney who is experienced in dealing with unpaid wages and overtime claims.

Yes, there is a statute of limitations on unpaid wages. In Wisconsin, wage-and-hour claims must be filed within two years of the date on which you were supposed to be paid. If you have a wage-and-hour claim it is in your best interest to contact the Department of Workforce Development as soon as you can.

Although it is not necessary to have an attorney to file a claim it can be very beneficial to consult with an experienced unpaid wages lawyer before you file a claim.

Overtime is paid to an employee who works more than 40 hours in a seven day work week. When an employee works more than 40 hours in a week they are to be paid one and one-half times (time and a half) the regular rate for all hours over 40.