Penalties for minimum wage violations. An employer that violates the state's minimum wage laws, or discharges or discriminates against any employee because the employee filed a minimum wage complaint, must be fined from $50 to $200 (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 26 Sec. 671). In addition, a court may order the employer to pay double the amount of wages due and costs, including reasonable attorney's fees (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 26 Sec. 670).
Exception. In the case of an overtime wage violation involving a state employee, a court may only award the amount of unpaid overtime pay--not additional damages or attorney's fees (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 26 Sec. 670-A).
Other penalties. A fine of $100 to $500 applies for violation of the following provisions (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 26 Sec. 602 and ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 26 Sec. 626-A):
• Timely payment of wages
• Recordkeeping requirements
• Payment of wages upon termination or resignation
• Employee health benefits
For all of those violations, except hours of employment, a court may order an employer to pay health benefits; a reasonable rate of interest; costs, including a reasonable ...