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§ 3-507.2. Recovery of unpaid wages

West's Annotated Code of MarylandLabor and EmploymentEffective: October 1, 2018

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Labor and Employment
Title 3. Employment Standards and Conditions (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 5. Wage Payment and Collection (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2018
MD Code, Labor and Employment, § 3-507.2
§ 3-507.2. Recovery of unpaid wages
Action by employee
(a) Notwithstanding any remedy available under § 3-507 of this subtitle, if an employer fails to pay an employee in accordance with § 3-502 or § 3-505 of this subtitle, after 2 weeks have elapsed from the date on which the employer is required to have paid the wages, the employee may bring an action against the employer to recover the unpaid wages.
(b) If, in an action under subsection (a) of this section, a court finds that an employer withheld the wage of an employee in violation of this subtitle and not as a result of a bona fide dispute, the court may award the employee an amount not exceeding 3 times the wage, and reasonable counsel fees and other costs.
General contractor liability
(c)(1) In this subsection, “construction services” has the meaning stated in § 3-901 of this title.
(2) In an action brought under subsection (a) of this section, a general contractor on a project for construction services is jointly and severally liable for a violation of this subtitle that is committed by a subcontractor, regardless of whether the subcontractor is in a direct contractual relationship with the general contractor.
(3) A subcontractor shall indemnify a general contractor for any wages, damages, interest, penalties, or attorney's fees owed as a result of the subcontractor's violation unless:
(i) indemnification is provided for in a contract between the general contractor and the subcontractor; or
(ii) a violation of the subtitle arose due to a lack of prompt payment in accordance with the terms of the contract between the general contractor and the subcontractor.


Added as Labor and Employment § 3-507.1 by Acts 1993, c. 578, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1993. Renumbered as Labor and Employment § 3-507.2 by Acts 2010, c. 151, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2010. Amended by Acts 2018, c. 17, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2018; Acts 2018, c. 846, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2018.
MD Code, Labor and Employment, § 3-507.2, MD LABOR & EMPLY § 3-507.2
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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