Wage Theft

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers
In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance, sponsored by council member Darden Rice, that will allow workers to file a wage theft claim with the city without having to hire an attorney or entering the legal system. After receiving the claim, the city is then charged with pursuing the employer. It is expected to take the program three months to be up and running, but it is the first program of its kind in the state.
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Company Flies Workers in from India, Pays Them $1.21/Hour for 120 Hour Work Week, Gets Fined Measly $3k

Company Flies Workers in from India, Pays Them $1.21/Hour for 120 Hour Work Week, Gets Fined Measly $3k
A California tech company has been fined and ordered to pay back wages after an investigation by the Department of Labor showed Indian workers had been paid a despicable $1.21 an hour for 120-hour work weeks. The company hired Indian workers to assist with Information Technology services and paid them their regular salaries in rupees, plus an additional bonus. DOL officials say that the wages are historically the lowest they were aware of.
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Building a Case: NY Construction Workers to Get $250k Prevailing Wage Payout

Building a Case: NY Construction Workers to Get $250k Prevailing Wage Payout
The Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the owner and project manager of Staten Island contractor R3 Electrical Inc. must remit $274,000 in restitution to workers the company underpaid. The prevailing wage was supposed to apply to work done on two publicly funded projects in New York City, R3 did not meet this requirement.
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CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky

CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky
Kentuckians lose more than twice the amount of money to bad bosses than they do to robbers according to an odd new chart from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. Comparing numbers from the Kentucky State Police to their own data, the office discovered $2.5 million more in wage theft (from 12,264 victims) than common theft (from 1,937 victims).
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Judge Rejects Wide-Reaching Tech Industry Wage Suppression Settlement ‘Cause It’s Not Big Enough

Judge Rejects Wide-Reaching Tech Industry Wage Suppression Settlement ‘Cause It’s Not Big Enough
The Silicon Valley wage theft anti-trust lawsuit known as “Techtopus” will not be allowed to end with a whimper (or that sound the fax machine used to make). The judge overseeing the trial has struck down a $324 million settlement on the grounds that…wait for it…it’s not enough. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koch states that, given the nature of the case and the likely millions of workers it effects, the case cannot end with a settlement lower than what should be expected if it were to go to trial.
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Wage Theft Was the Case that They Gave Me: Snoop Dogg Sued by Bodyguards

Wage Theft Was the Case that They Gave Me: Snoop Dogg Sued by Bodyguards
You can tack wage theft to the list of alleged crimes under Snoop Dogg's belt. Three body guards have filed a civil suit claiming the rapper owes them over $3 million in back wages and overtime.
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Reps Introduce Common Sense Wage Theft Protections for Workers that the GOP Will Surely Fight

Reps Introduce Common Sense Wage Theft Protections for Workers that the GOP Will Surely Fight
An amendment to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act which would disqualify any corporation that violates the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or commits wage theft from certain federal contracts, has been introduced. The amendment, a potential win for workers, was brought forth by the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC).
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Super-Sized Settlement: 1,600 NYC McDonald’s Workers Will Receive $500,000 in Back Pay

Super-Sized Settlement: 1,600 NYC McDonald’s Workers Will Receive $500,000 in Back Pay
The Huffington Post reports that the state of New York has reached an agreement with the owner of seven Manhattan McDonald’s locations that will result in 1,600 current and former employees receiving a combined $500,000 in back pay. An investigation by the Labor Bureau found that workers were not properly compensated for uniform costs, did not receive overtime for shifts lasting more than 10 hours, and were routinely forced to perform duties off the clock.
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REPORT: A Whopping 84% of NYC Fast Food Workers Have Experienced Wage Theft

REPORT: A Whopping 84% of NYC Fast Food Workers Have Experienced Wage Theft
A staggering new statistic does much to explain why fast food workers are striking from New York to Milwaukee. According to Fast Food Forward, 84% of fast food workers surveyed report having experienced wage theft at least once. For delivery workers, the number is an incredulous 100 percent.
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