November 19, 2010
National epidemic robbing both Peter and Paul
Thursday, November 18, was National Day of Action to Stop Wage Theft, sponsored by Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ).
Wage theft is a national criminal epidemic that steals billions of dollars every year from millions of hard working Americans:
Wage theft is the pervasive and illegal practice of not paying workers for all of their work. It includes violations of minimum wage laws; not paying time and a half overtime pay; forcing workers to work off the clock; workers not receiving their final paychecks; misclassifying employees as independent contractors to avoid paying minimum wage and overtime; and not paying workers at all.
On its website, IWJ has a list of actions you can take to prevent wage theft and shine a bright light on businesses that steal from their workers in your community. There you can sign a petition to Congress to pass legislation that would strengthen the power of the Department of Labor and other regulators to crack down on these thieves.