12/30/2011 07:20 EST | Updated 02/29/2012 05:12 EST

P.E.I. sees about 100 formal pay complaints from workers each year: official

CHARLOTTETOWN - Roughly 100 workers on P.E.I. file a formal complaint each year over being shortchanged by their employer, says a senior government official.

Faye Martin, director of Labour and Industrial Relations with the Labour Department, says the vast majority of complaints are justified.

A complaint over money owed typically deals with overtime, vacation pay or general wages and the amount owed can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.

Martin says the problem can be a matter of poor bookkeeping but also may be simply the fact an employer is knowingly looking to pay less than it should.

Between 6,000 and 7,000 inquiries are received each year from the workplace concerning employment standards.

Martin says the majority are resolved between the employer and the employee after they are armed with information on labour standards.

(Charlottetown Guardian)