5. Next steps
Since they get so many complaints, the Attorney General cannot follow up every one. If they can follow up your complaint, they may:
- get you your missing wages,
- file a criminal or civil case against your employer, or
If the Attorney General cannot follow up your complaint, you can take your employer to court. But, in many situations, you must file a complaint with the Attorney General and wait 90 days before you start your case in court.
If you do not want to wait 90 days, you can ask the Attorney General for permission to start your case in court earlier. Ask for permisison by writing "I want a private right of action letter" in the comment section of the complaint form that you send to the Attorney General.
You only have a limited time to take your employer to court for wages they owe you. Find the time limits under Deadline to Sue on the Attorney General's web page Right to Sue
If 90 days have passed, and you have not heard from the Attorney General, you can take your employer to court. Find out more about taking your employer to court on the Attorney General's web page Right to Sue. Use the Legal Resource Finder to see if you can find a lawyer to help. Or, you can go to court on your own.
If your employer owes you $7,000 or less, you may be able to go to Small Claims court. Many people in Small Claims court do not have a lawyer. Find Small Claims court information and forms on the court's website. Prepare ahead of time and practice representing yourself with the legal game Represent on MassLegalHelp .