The Alachua County Board of County
Commissioners (BOCC) approved an
ordinance prohibiting “Wage Theft”
in Alachua County. The Wage
Recovery Ordinance, Chapter 66 of
the Alachua County Code, became
effective on January 1, 2014.
Is My Wage Complaint Covered?
It’s Simple! Answer Yes or No to each of the 4 questions below:
- Was the work performed in Alachua County?
- Has it been 180 days or less since payment of wages
- Has there been an attempt to resolve this issue with
- Does your complaint name any governmental
entity (other than Alachua County BOCC)?
If you answered “Yes” to questions 1 – 3, then your complaint may
be covered. If you answered “No” to questions 1 or 2 then your
complaint is not covered. If you answered “Yes” to question 4 then
your complaint is not covered.
If you are still unsure, please call the Alachua County Equal
Opportunity Office at (352) 374-5275; or send an email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org; or submit a Wage Theft Online Inquiry Form.
Filing a Wage Theft Complaint
Call, visit or email the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at: email@example.com.
You will be scheduled for an appointment to discuss the specifics of your complaint and to complete the required paperwork. Please bring any supporting documentation (such as pay stubs, timesheets, work schedules, emails, or employment agreement) to your appointment.
The Equal Opportunity Office will attempt to resolve the complaint by the agreement of both parties, a
process called “conciliation”. If conciliation fails, either you or your employer can request a hearing
within 15 days of receiving notice that conciliation has been rejected or failed.
Administrative Hearing Process
Alachua County will appoint a Hearing Officer (HO), who may issue subpoenas, administer oaths, compel the production of and receive evidence.
At the hearing, both the claimant and the employer will have the opportunity to present their cases.
If the HO determines that a wage violation has occurred, he or she may order the employer to pay
liquidated damages to the claimant of up to two times (2x) the amount of wages claimed, as well as
payment of administrative costs associated with conducting the hearing, payable to the Alachua
County Board of County Commissioners.
Final Orders will be sent to all parties.