in court of law can the law go back further than 2 years to claim wages that were underpaid

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in court of law can the law go back further than 2 years to claim wages that were underpaid

I recently found out that I was not being paid the proper wages under my state’s prevailing wage law. So I contacted the department of labor and industry. They have a form to fill out that will get the proper wages made right up to 2 years. I have worked their close to 15 years, so I’m wondering if I can get the proper wages back further than 2 years?

Asked on August 28, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Montana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, unfortunately the statute of limitations, or time period for bringing a claim, for unpaid or underpaid wages is only two years maximum in your state; that means that any claim you bring can only go back two years (that is, get wages owed you from up to two years prior to when you filed your claim). The law does not let you seek unpaid or underpaid wages older than that.


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