Payday never seems to come soon enough, and if an employer comes up short an employee may be in a difficult position.

The U.S. Department of Labor offers employees four options under the Fair Labor Standards Act, including filing a private suit or getting help from the Secretary of Labor.

According to DOL records obtained by First Coast News, over 200 companies in Florida were ordered to pay back wages to employees from 2016 to 2017.

Seventeen First Coast employers owed back wages of $1,000 and above in the past two years, per DOL data.

Brakes 4 Less at 2103 Blanding Boulevard in Jacksonville topped the list with $33,972 owed to 21 employees for FLSA violations.

Kickbacks Gastropub on King Street in Jacksonville racked up 122 violations for 120 employees and agreed to pay back the $28,844, according to DOL records.

Mi Casa Adult Living Facility on Saint Augustine Road in Jacksonville paid back $19,839 for 31 FSLA violations from 2014 to 2016.

No penalties were given to the companies for the violations, according to DOL records.

Data from the Department of Labor on the First Coast by First Coast News on Scribd

According to DOL, employees generally have two years to recover wages that were accidentally withheld. There's a three year statute of limitations if the employer was wilful in violating FLSA.