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Wage Theft

NETWORK believes that all workers deserve the wages they’ve earned, and although wage theft occurs in almost every sector of the workforce, it often goes unnoticed and unrecognized. Wage theft is the illegal underpayment or non-payment of workers wages. The most common forms of wage theft are not paying minimum wage, not paying overtime, requiring workers to work off the clock, refusing to pay workers’ final paychecks, misclassifying employees as independent contracts to avoid paying minimum wage and overtime, not paying for breaks as required by state laws, and stealing tips. When employers choose to commit wage theft they not only steal from workers, they also steal from public revenue that funds important and needed resources for communities. Policies that helps stop wage theft include encouraging the Department of Labor (DOL) to be more active in stopping wage theft, requiring employers to give paystubs to all employees, and allowing workers to file private suits while the DOL is still investigating complaints.