Before they retained us, many underpaid workers we represent had tried to get their unpaid wages by themselves and without an attorney. The workers tried to (1) get the wages directly from the employer, via complaining or negotiating; (2) filed a legal complaint with a government agency; or (3) took both of these actions.
Many underpaid workers who take action without an attorney are unsuccessful. There are a number of reasons for this, not all of which we’ll discuss in this article.
But one big reason underpaid workers fail to obtain their wages is this: they do not know that obtaining unpaid wages is a process.
You cannot expect unpaid wages to be paid to you until the required process has been completed. Much like a baby cannot be born unless and until a process (namely, pregnancy) has taken place, as well as the related passage of time needed for that process (often, close to 9 months), and the related work (addressing medical needs, dietary and physical needs, etc.).
Do you know all the different processes that could lead to you obtaining your unpaid wages? Do you know all the potential risks and benefits of pursuing each process (and are you SURE about that)? Do you know which process is the best one to pursue? Do you know how much time that process is likely to take, and all the work/tasks that are necessary for that process?
If you don’t have good answers to these questions, an experienced wage attorney will. That’s not to say you must retain an attorney, or that you must pursue any particular process. But if you fail to realize there IS a process involved with an unpaid wage matter, and fail to consider the questions above, then you are less likely to be successful in obtaining your unpaid wages and otherwise achieving what you want to.