Wage Payment Collection and Minimum Wage

The Iowa Division of Labor enforces Iowa wage law, including the Iowa minimum wage. If you have not been paid what you are owed you may file a wage claim. One of the most common reasons for underpayment is illegal deductions.  You may also be owed unpaid vacation, unreimbursed employee expenses or unpaid commissions.  

Wage Claims

To file a wage claim, complete the Wage Caim Form (Reclamacion de Salarios) and submit it to us. For further information see Steps in the Wage Claims Process and Iowa Code and Administrative Rules.

After you submit a wage claim we will review it and contact the employer. We will further investigate and collect due wages by voluntary payment if possible. If that is not possible, the matter may proceed to small claims court where there may be additional recovery of liquidated damages and attorney fees.

The Iowa Division of Labor does not accept claims for wages when one of the following applies:

  • It has been more than one year since the wages were due.
  • The amount owed is more than $5,000.00.
  • The work was not performed in Iowa.

You also have the right to sue on your own or by a private attorney.  You also have the option to contact the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Office, which enforces overtime law.

Wage Quick Links

Claim for Wages - English
Claim for Wages - Spanish
Employer Response Form
Wage Frequently Asked Questions
Steps in a Wage Claim Process
Iowa Minimum Wage Poster
Wage Iowa Code and Administrative Rules
U.S. Department of Labor
Elaws Advisor
PDF and Webpage Issues
Contact the Wage Staff