A T-Mobile store closed in Shreveport, Louisiana without paying its workers all of the money they were owed.
Workers from T-Mobile retail store were never paid after it closed
The news reported on the complaints of several local workers, and reminded them that Louisiana law requires payment from an employer within 15 days or the date of their last payday. This law stands even if the worker is fired, laid off, or the business suddenly closes.
Two workers contacted the local news three months before the report, to tell them that they never received their last checks from the T-Mobile retail location at Mall Saint Vincent in Shreveport. The workers had experienced financial hardships related to paying bills and meeting various other expenses. Family problems emerged for them as well due to financial stress.
An investigation by the news organization revealed that the workers in question received a partial payment on the last day of work, and they were promised the rest within a week. At the time of the report, it was about ten weeks later and at least five employees from the store had still not been paid.
One of the employees who was waiting on her money attempted to contact the employer through phone, emails, text messages, and voicemails around this same time. She said she received absolutely no answer at all. The workers were advised to either file a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor, or retain their own employment attorney and pursue the matter further in civil court. Some of them commented that their lack of documentation from the employer could become a problem if they decide to take formal legal action.
A high ranking executive at T-Mobile did tell the news organization that their final wages should be available within 60 days, as the company does its final accounting for that location. However, under Louisiana law they may owe the workers additional money for the late payments if they are made months later.
Unpaid wage claims in general
There are numerous regulations that employers have to follow related to proper payment, minimum wages, overtime, and record keeping for the number of hours worked. If any employer attempts to bypass these rules by not paying their employees or paying less than they are owed, they may be sued, investigated, and subjected to other actions by the government. If you believe your employer has done something illegal, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.
Get help from an attorney in Louisiana
If an employer owes you unpaid wages, overtime, or has attempted to avoid contact after closing, it is recommended to contact a lawyer to defend your rights in court. Miller, Hampton, and Hilgendorf serve the state of Louisiana with legal representation in these matters and related issues.