Recently Jules Van Rengen, an official from the Department of Labor reminded a group of immigrants about the importance of reporting unfair labor practices immediately.
One worker complained that his paychecks bounced repeatedly – and he continued to work. His employer filed bankruptcy and he never received his wages.
Most employees – including immigrant workers – are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA guarantees minimum wage, overtime pay as well as other protections to most non-exempt workers.
While many good employers are out there, Van Rengen notes they’re “not the ones we have to worry about…The ones we … worry about are the ones who end up concealing, intimidating and terminating if you don’t agree with their philosophy.” Further wage theft – denying workers the wages they are due – is on the rise as jobs become scarcer and employees are more desperate.
The best way to stop this practice is to report it – such as by contacting a skilled wage and hour attorney who can look into your possible claims.