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Wage complaints

What can I do if I think I was not paid prevailing wage on a state or federally funded construction project?

Labor Compliance accepts complaints involving nonpayment of prevailing wages for work performed under a transportation-related construction contract that is funded in whole or in part with state and/or federal funds. If you suspect that your employer has not compensated you appropriately, complete the Prevailing Wage Complaint Form (PDF, 383 KB) and submit it to the address listed below.

How do I file a wage complaint?

  • Complete a separate form for each project.
  • Provide a response to each question. If a response cannot be provided, please mark "unknown".
    If you cannot be specific, please give a general or estimated response.
  • Provide additional records related to the work that you performed (e.g. check stubs, time cards, log books, haul slips, etc.). Please make copies of this information and submit with your complaint. (KEEP YOUR ORIGINAL RECORDS)
  • Submit all information related to your claim, along with the complaint form to:

    Clancy Finnegan
    MnDOT Labor Compliance unit
    Mail Stop 650
    395 John Ireland Blvd.
    Saint Paul, MN  55155-1800

What are my rights as an employee on a highway construction project?

Can I pursue legal action against my employer for failure to pay me prevailing wage?

Pursuant with Minnesota Statute 177.27, Subdivision 8, an employee may bring a civil action against his/her employer for failure to comply with the compensation requirements under the Minnesota State Prevailing Wage Law. Please refer to the above-mentioned link for additional information.

What should I do if I think I was owed money on a prevailing wage project but never received it?

MnDOT Labor Compliance has resolved thousands of prevailing wage claims over the years and as a result, many employees have received back wage checks from our office. However, in certain situations, MnDOT Labor Compliance is unable to locate each employee. Therefore, in accordance with state law, our office will forward all unclaimed back wage checks to the Minnesota Department of Commerce as "Unclaimed Property."

If you think that you may have been owed money on a federal and/or state funded transportation construction project and did not receive a back wage check from Labor Compliance, please visit Minnesota Department of Commerce (Unclaimed Property Division) and follow the instructions.