Payment of wages. Violating wage payment provisions is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to 110 percent of the unpaid wages (MT Code Sec. 39-3-206). If an employee sues to recover unpaid wages, the court may also award costs reasonably incurred in connection with the lawsuit, including reasonable attorneys’ fees (MT Code Sec. 39-3-214).
Child labor. The Labor department has the right at any time to enter a place of business that is subject to the state's child labor provisions and to inspect relevant employment records (MT Code Sec. 41-2-116). A violation is considered a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both. Each day a violation continues is considered a separate offense, and the employment of each individual minor in violation of the law is also a separate offense (MT Code Sec. 41-2-118and MT Code Sec. 46-18-212).
Legal protections in relation to employing individuals with criminal records. A private employer that acts reasonably and complies in good faith with this law may not be held liable for negligent hiring or negligent employment for acts committed by an employee with a criminal record if the acts are committed outside the scope of the employment and: