Back pay is the difference between what an employee was paid and the amount he or she should have been paid. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Davis-Bacon Act, and the Service Contract Act have provisions for recovering unpaid minimum and/or overtime wages.
There is a two-year statute of limitations on recovery of back pay. However, in the case of willful violations, a three-year statute of limitations applies.
When possible, keep documentation - copies of your pay stubs and time sheets or a log of your hours. It will be easier to claim unpaid wages if you can document when you worked and what you were owed.
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