Since the development of workplace rights in the early 20th century, attorneys general offices have had the responsibility to enforce state labor laws either directly or through the representation of a state agency.  Attorneys general are currently expanding that role by working both with their state labor agencies and independently taking actions.


An Overview of State Attorney General Labor Jurisdiction

State attorneys general have, in many cases, played an affirmative role in protecting workplace rights. By using a cross-section of states, this memorandum highlights the various ways state attorneys general exercise jurisdiction to protect workers and enforce labor laws.

Labor Cases/Investigations

Over the last several years, state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Labor have conducted widespread investigations into labor practices and potential violations of state and federal labor laws. These include issues surrounding wage theft, misclassification, on-call scheduling, worker abuse, workplace retaliation and wage/hour violations.

Scholarly Articles


From the Tierney Blog

For additional resources on labor, see the Labor section of the National State Attorneys General Program (AGP) archive: