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Are there time constraints to filing a lawsuit to recover overtime wages or other wages?

Yes.  Employees who are seeking such wages must be aware that some employers will not want to admit that they have wrongfully paid their employees.  Thus, it is very important that the lawsuit process begin as quickly as possible once employees discover their employers have wrongfully paid them.  Most often, there is a timeframe to file a lawsuit against an employer.  Statutes of limitations vary from federal to state law, and impose a window of opportunity for employees to collect wages owed by employers.  This window of opportunity is typically two to four years backward from the date employees file a lawsuit for wage violations, and forward until the employees reach settlement or trial, or the employer changes how employees are paid.