Final Paycheck

What Are the Rules About Getting a Final Paycheck?

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The first thing the worker should do is ask the business why the paycheck hasn't been paid. If the business refuses to release the check, the worker may choose one of the following 3 options:

  • Get the services of a private attorney.
  • File a claim in small claims court (for up to $4,000).
  • File a wage complaint with L&I.

The wage complaint form is available at any of L&I's 20 statewide offices, or get a Worker Rights Complaint form (F700-148-000) from our website. Read the information provided with the form, fill it out, and return it to L&I. Learn how to file a workplace rights complaint with L&I.

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