Media Release

Wage Recovery Ordinance

Thursday, January 2, 2014 10:15 AM
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ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Wage Recovery Ordinance went into effect on January 1, 2014. The purpose of the ordinance is to provide employees in Alachua County a method for collecting unpaid or underpaid wages on a local level.

The ordinance provides:

·        Economic security for persons working in Alachua County

·        Promotion of business and economic development by eliminating unfair competition by businesses that do not pay or underpay their employees

·        Reduction in the number of employees who rely on public assistance for essential needs because their employer does not pay or underpays earned wages

Employees who work for a covered employer within the geographic boundaries of Alachua County can file a wage theft complaint (non-payment or underpayment of earned wages), with the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office. The deadline for filing a complaint is 180 days from the date the wages were due. If an employer is found to have unlawfully failed to pay earned wages, the employee will be entitled to receive double the back wages due.

Read the Wage Recovery Program brochure (PDF).

For more information, contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275. TDD uses, please call 711 (Fl Relay).


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).