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.
Wage theft clinics will resume in the fall of 2021.
Attorney General's Office
1441 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
Justice Bridge Legal Center
257-259 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
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) 963-2327 at least 1 week before the clinic.
All workers are invited, regardless of immigration status.
Partners in this effort include:
Greater Boston Legal Services, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Justice at Work, Lawyers for Affordable Justice, MetroWest Legal Services, Suffolk University Law School, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Brazilian Worker Center, Brazilian Women’s Group, Chelsea Collaborative, Chinese Progressive Association, MassCOSH, and Metrowest Worker Center.