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Conn. Labor Department Recovers $6.5 Million In Unpaid Wages For Workers

Checks Will Go Out To 3,000 Employees
Writing a check (credit: Thinkstock.com)

Writing a check (credit: Thinkstock.com)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Many workers in Connecticut are getting paychecks they never got while on the job.

The state Department of Labor has recovered more than $6.5 million in unpaid wages for about 3,000 workers.

The money will go to those who were not paid the correct amount or given overtime.

“The economy’s improving but we’re still seeing that employees are afraid to step up and actually let us know that they’re being exploited and their employer’s not paying the wages,” Gary Pechie, the DOL’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards director, told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Pechie said about 20 percent of the time, workers are unaware they were short-changed.

“I personally have delivered checks of over $10,000 and honestly, it’s quite a rewarding experience for us. But really, it’s just to make sure that they get what they’re legally entitled to,” he told Schneidau.

Pechie said most workers have filed complaints to get the wages they are owed.

The full amount was recovered following the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

In fiscal year 2012, the agency returned $5.5 million to workers, while in 2011, the state recovered $6 million in unpaid wages.

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