Employee can collect unpaid wages in Maryland using the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law. There are three ways to enforce the Law:
1. By filing a lawsuit.
2. By filing an administrative complaint with the Maryland Department of Labor (DLLR). There were 887 such claims filed in FY 2012.
3. By filing a criminal complaint for a willful violation (though these claims are almost always left to the civil process).
DLLR will typically direct employees with larger claims to hire private lawyer. A private lawyer will want to be compensated for his or her efforts; the DLLR serves the public without a fee.