Not Getting Paid? Know Your Rights - WSPA.com

Not Getting Paid? Know Your Rights

Posted: Updated:
UPSTATE, S.C. -

With 8 kids and working since she was 13, Natasha Thomas-Pugh has had several long careers. But her latest job through a temp agency, requiring standing for long hours, was short lived.

"The second night, because I have diabetes, my legs went numb," said Natasha.

By the third night on April 3rd, Natasha said she had to leave.

"I worked 30 hours," said Natasha. "Have not been paid."

The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation handles hundreds of wage complaints a year through the Office of Wages and Child Labor. That office doesn't have the legal authority to collect unpaid wages. But it can issue citations for wage violations, as in, not getting paid, late pay or illegally deducted pay.

In 2013, the office handed out more than 2,600 citations to employers and investigated more than 1,100 wage complaints from employees.

"Some wage complaints are resolved and closed in one day and others can take much longer. The office strives to resolve all complaints within 60 days," said SCLLR Spokesperson Lesia Kudelka.

Kudelka also says many employers who receive a citation end up paying the employee. If that doesn't happen, the next option is to take the employer to magistrate court.

Natasha didn't have to go that far. She got a call Friday from the temp agency, which is working with her to resolve the payment issue.

And Natasha is now working for someone else.

"I'm a medical transport," said Natasha. "I love my clients and right now my clients are everything to me."

Experts say employees can do their part by making sure they're using the system they're instructed to, to report time worked. Otherwise it could cause a delay in pay.

To file a wage complaint with the state, click here. Or call (803) 896-4300.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • MUGS: 15 Children Removed From Woodruff Home, Adults Arrested

    MUGS: 15 Children Removed From Woodruff Home, Adults Arrested

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:16:58 GMT

    Investigators say they found the trailer surrounded by piles of clothes and trash, a swimming pool with green water, animal feces and roaches on the floor of the home and unsecured guns and medicine bottles.

    Investigators say they found the trailer surrounded by piles of clothes and trash, a swimming pool with green water, animal feces and roaches on the floor of the home and unsecured guns and medicine bottles.

  • August Mugshots

    August Mugshots

    Monday, August 11 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-08-11 20:01:35 GMT
    August arrests in Upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina.
    August arrests in Upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina.
  • Clemson student suddenly dies from infection

    Clemson student suddenly dies from infection

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:38:27 GMT
    Virginia GilliamVirginia Gilliam
    A Mount Pleasant family is grieving the loss of their 18-year-old daughter and sister after she dies suddenly while away at school in the up state. Clemson freshman Virginia Gilliam died on August 24 after what started out as a urinary tract infection."Anybody that knew Virginia, knew she saw the world through a child's eyes. Again, I knew that, my family knew that and I'm not a big social media guy but since then I've just been seeing all this out pouring," Herb Gilliam. Social Media he says...
    A Mount Pleasant family is grieving the loss of their 18-year-old daughter and sister after she dies suddenly while away at school in the up state. Clemson freshman Virginia Gilliam died on August 24 after what started out as a urinary tract infection."Anybody that knew Virginia, knew she saw the world through a child's eyes. Again, I knew that, my family knew that and I'm not a big social media guy but since then I've just been seeing all this out pouring," Herb Gilliam. Social Media he says...
Tracey Early
Tracey co-anchors the 5:30 and 7 p.m. newscasts and is a general assignment reporter.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WSPA.com

Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.