Fail to pay correct wages? Liability may triple.

If the only penalty for failing to pay your employees was simply to pay back the unpaid wages, shady employers would have little incentive to comply with the law. That's why the wage statutes in many states enforce compliance by doubling or even tripling liability for the unpaid wages.

Recent case: A sales rep in Massachusetts clinched the largest deal in company history, yet was only paid a portion of the commission (about $25k) and was fired after complaining about it. She sued for the remaining amount and for retaliation. She won.

As damages, the trial court tripled her $25k payment but refused to triple the larger commission amount she would have received a year later if she...

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