Sample Demand Letter for Unpaid Wages
789 5th Street
Newark, NJ, 08086
February 8, 2019
ABC Software Inc.
123 Software lane
Newark, NJ, 08085
Dear Ms. Lane:
I am writing this letter in regards to my [employment or contract] which [ended or was terminated] on [date]. As of this date, wages in the amount of [amount] are owed to me. I request that payment be made in full five business days from the date that this letter is received.
If a payment or payment arrangement is not made by this due date, I will take legal action. If this request for wages owed becomes a legal matter, you may be held liable for attorney’s fees and court costs related to the attorney I will need to hire in order to file a lawsuit to get the wages I am owed. You may also be required to pay a penalty in the form of additional funds and legal interest as required.
If you believe that the amount owed is to me is different than the amount described, you are required by law to pay me the amount you believe is owed to me. The reason for the amount paid should be included with the payment.
Please send the payment to my attention at the following address [address].
Other Things to Note
Check the applicable laws for your state. You may want or need to do more depending on what your state laws say regarding employment. Another option to take in addition to writing a letter is to check with the Department of Labor in your state to determine how they handle unpaid wages.