At least 50 cities have declared November 18th a “Day Against Wage Theft” as part of a national effort to draw attention to the impact of wage theft on communities throughout the country.
As stated in a recent report by the Research Institute for Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University:
“Wage theft is when workers are paid below the minimum wage, not paid for overtime, forced to work off the clock, have their time cards altered, are misclassified as independent contractors, or are simply not paid a wage for work performed.”
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), is intended to protect against “wage theft” and is applicable to virtually all employers. The FLSA requires that workers be paid minimum wage and unless exempt, compensated for overtime at a rate of one and one-half times their regular rate of pay. Despite such provisions, many employers violate the FLSA and seek ways to avoid paying employees all the compensation they are entitled to.
Although commonly wage theft affects low-wage and immigrant workers, it can apply to nearly all professions including law, accounting, health care, food services, and social assistance industries.