What recourse does an employee have under Alabama law if he or she is unable to obtain his or her final paycheck from a former employer?

If an employee is unable to obtain his or her final paycheck from a former employer, the employee can file a wage claim with the Alabama Department of Labor, which will contact the employer. If contact by the Alabama Department of Labor is not successful in resolving the wage claim, it is recommended that the employee contact the U.S. Department of Labor, contact an attorney for assistance, and/or file a claim against the employer in Small Claims Court.

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