Montana Government Agencies

1. Discrimination/Harassment
2. Safety & Health
3. Unemployment Insurance
4. Wage & Hour/Labor Standards violations
5. Workers Compensation

1. Discrimination/Harassment

For more information about filing a discrimination or harassment claim in Montana, see our page on filing a discrimination complaint: Montana

Discrimination/Harassment – State Agency

Montana Department of Labor and Industry

Human Rights Commission (HRC)
1625 11th Avenue
Second Floor
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2884
Web Address: http://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights

Agency Description/Mission: The Montana Department of Labor and Industry is the state agency which enforces Montana’s discrimination laws. The Human Rights Bureau of the Department receives and investigates complaints of discrimination. The Hearings Bureau of the Department conducts hearings in discrimination cases. The Montana Human Rights Commission hears appeals of decisions by the hearings examiner and decisions of the Human Rights Bureau to dismiss cases.

2. Safety & Health (workplace health & safety complaints and information)

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

Billings Area Office
2900 4th Avenue North, Suite 303
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 247-7494
Fax: (406) 247-7499
Toll-Free: (800) 488-7087

For more information about this agency, see the OSHA section of our page on federal agencies

3. Unemployment Insurance

Montana Department of Labor and Industry

Unemployment Insurance Division

Billings Telephone Center
Phone: (406) 247-1000
TDD: (406) 444-0532
Fax: (406) 444-2699

Helena Telephone Center
Phone: (406) 444-2545
TDD: (406) 444-0532
Fax: (406) 444-2699

Interactive Voice Response System
Toll-Free: (800) 207-0667

Web Address: http://uid.dli.mt.gov/

Agency Description/Mission: The Unemployment Insurance program provides short-term economic assistance to eligible workers from the Montana Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund financed by employers. The Unemployment Insurance system is designed to help stabilize the economy by preventing a sharp drop in consumer spending during periods of unemployment.

Filing a Claim for Benefits

Claimant Benefits Rights and Information

4. Wage and Hour/Labor Standards Violations

Wage and Hour/Labor Standards – State Agency

Montana Department of Labor and Industry

Labor Standards Bureau
1805 Prospect Avenue
P.O. Box 201503
Helena, MT 59620-1503
Phone: (406) 444-5600

You can call the Labor Standards Bureau’s Wage and Hour Unit at (406) 444-5600

Web Address:http://erd.dli.mt.gov/labor-standards/wage-and-hour-payment-act

Agency Description/Mission: The Wage and Hour Unit enforces provisions of the Montana Wage Payment Act, minimum wage and overtime law and the State Child Labor Standards Act. As part of its function the unit processes claims from employees who did not receive wages in a timely fashion or pursuant to their employment contract. The claims can be for such items as minimum wage, overtime, vacation pay, commissions, earned bonuses, etc. The unit also provides assistance to the public by answering labor related phone inquiries and by providing presentations informing employers and employees of their rights and responsibilities under Montana law.

Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Reference Guide

Filing a Wage Claim, Instructions & Form

Wage and Hour/Labor Standards – Local Offices of Federal Agency (DOL)

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

ESA Wage & Hour Division

Salt Lake City District Office
Eagle Gate Plaza & Tower
60 E. South Temple Street
Suite 575
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1016
Phone: (801) 524-5706
Fax: (801) 524-5722

For more information about this agency, see the U.S. Department of Labor section of our page on federal agencies

5. Workers’ Compensation (for job-related injuries or illness)

Montana Department of Labor and Industry

Employment Relations Division

Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
1805 Prospect Avenue
P. O. Box 8011
Helena, MT 59604-8011
Phone: (406) 444-6543
Toll-Free: (800) 772-2141

Web Address: http://erd.dli.mt.gov/work-comp-regulations

Claim Filing Information

 

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