Employers are not required by federal law to give former employees their final paycheck immediately. Some states, however, may require immediate payment. If the regular payday for the last pay period an employee worked has passed and the employee has not been paid, contact the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division or the state labor department.
The Department also has mechanisms in place for the recovery of back wages.
Webpages on this Topic
Coverage Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Fact Sheet - General information about who is covered by the FLSA.
State Departments of Labor Websites - Links to state departments of labor websites and contact information for each department.