Question: I want to file a Civil Action Lawsuit against my former employer for unpaid wages. I'm owed $1323.00. Can I do this on my own or do I need an attorney?
You are not required to have an attorney, but if you decide to consult with one, you may want to view our article on "Where to Find An Attorney for Specific Legal Advice."
(1) If you proceed in filing a civil suit against your employer be sure to review the Arizona Revised Statutes concerning payment of wages beginning at ARS § 23-350; or
(2) If the wages "owed" do not exceed $2,500.00, you may want to look into filing a "wage claim" with the Industrial Commission of Arizona, Department of Labor (note: the wage claim must be filed before the expiration of one year of the "accrual of the claim." See, ARS § 23-356). Upon receipt of a claim, the Department will notify the employer of the claim and investigate the case. After investigation of the claim, the Department will provide a written determination which can only be appealed to superior court. (See, FAQ section on the AZ Dept. of Labor's web page).
June 03, 2008