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September 19, 2014

Wage Theft is a Universal Problem

The New York Times Editorial Board uses the recent antitrust lawsuit filed by software engineers as evidence that the “huge and underpoliced” problem of wage theft is “not confined to low-wage workers.”

“When wage theft against low-wage workers is combined with that against highly paid workers, a bad problem becomes much worse. Data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute show that in 2012, the Department of Labor helped 308,000 workers recover $280 million in back pay for wage-theft violations — nearly double the amount stolen that year in robberies on the street, at banks, gas stations and convenience stores.”

“Moreover, the recovered wages are surely only a fraction of the wage theft nationwide because the Labor Department has only about 1,100 wage-and-hour investigators to monitor seven million employers and several states have ended or curtailed wage enforcement efforts.”

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