By Michael Wong | November 22, 2018.
- If you think you may be owed back wages from your current or previous employer, search the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) database.
- The WHD enforces labor laws. When they find violations, they often recover unpaid wages on behalf of employees. The WHD will try to locate and notify employees due back wages. If they cannot find an employee, they hold their back wages for three years. After three years, they are required to send the money to the US Treasury.