Free wage theft legal clinic

Meet with lawyers and other advocates to learn about your rights, draft a demand letter, or prepare a small claims court complaint.

Wage theft is the denial of wages or benefits that are owed to a worker. The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office works with community partners to host a monthly wage theft clinic. The goal of the clinic is to help workers get the wages and benefits they earned. 

If you are owed wages by your employer, you can come to the clinic to speak with a private lawyer for free.  You can discuss your case and may get help writing a letter, filing a complaint in court, or taking some other action.

Upcoming clinics

Please check this page on the day of the clinic you wish to attend in case there have been any changes to the schedule.

Suffolk Law School, First Floor Function Room
120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
(near the Park Street MBTA Station)

  • July 15, 2024, 4-6 p.m.
  • August 5, 2024, 4-6 p.m.
  • September 16, 2024, 4-6 p.m.
  • October 7, 4-6 p.m.
  • November 4, 2024, 4-6 p.m.
  • December 2, 4-6 p.m.
Central Massachusetts:

YWCA of Central MA
1 Salem Square (gymnasium)
Worcester, MA 01608

  • October 22, 2024, 4-6 p.m.

Southeastern Massachusetts:

Justice Bridge 
257-259 Union Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

  • September 17, 2024, 4-6 p.m.

Western Massachusetts:

Attorney General's Office
1441 Main Street, First Floor Conference Room
Springfield, MA 01103

  • September 18, 2024, 4-6 p.m.

What you need to know

If you would like to attend a clinic to seek help from a private attorney or organization, you can save time by filing a complaint with the Attorney General's Office before the clinic.  Mark on the complaint form that you request a "private right of action."  This means that the Attorney General will not investigate your claim.  You can attend the clinic if you have not already filed a complaint with the Attorney General's Office, but you will be asked to fill out a complaint form there.  

If you have already filed a complaint with the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division, please bring:

  • your “private right of action” letter (giving you the right to sue your employer in court);
  • a copy of your complaint (if you have it); and
  • any documents you have about your case (pay stubs, time sheets, or letters and emails from your employer).

If you need an interpreter, please call (617) 727-3465 at least 1 week before the clinic. 

All workers are invited, regardless of immigration status.

Masks are optional at all Wage Theft Clinics if CDC COVID-19 Community Levels are rated as Low or Medium in the county in which the clinic is being held.  If levels are rated as High, masking will be required.  Disposable masks will be available for any attendee.

Partners in this effort include:

Greater Boston Legal Services, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Fair Employment Project, Lawyers for Affordable Justice, MetroWest Legal Services, Suffolk University Law School, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Brazilian Worker Center, Brazilian Women’s Group, La Colaborativa, Chinese Progressive Association, MassCOSH, Metrowest Worker Center/Casa do Trabalhador, Community Legal Aid, Central West Justice Center, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Justice Bridge / UMass Law and other community and legal service partners.

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