WAGE THEFT
WAGE THEFT OVERVIEW


Nationally, billions of dollars in wages are stolen from workers each year by employers ranging from small neighborhood businesses to Wal-Mart. Wage theft occurs when workers are not paid all their wages, workers are denied overtime when they should be paid it, or workers aren’t paid at all for work they’ve performed. The problem has reached epidemic proportions in Miami-Dade County, hitting low-income women workers and immigrant workers the hardest.

 
MIAMI-DADE ORDINANCE ENSURES WORKERS GET PAID

DAILY BUSINESS REVIEW March 24, 2010 By: Jose Pagliery
 
It took three months for a group of 20 workers, men and women of all ages and nationalities, to finish scrubbing down and clearing away the dust at a newly renovated Miami Beach hotel.

The industrial cleaning crew worked for little more than minimum wage, hurrying to prepare the hotel in time for its reopening. But when payday arrived, they received only half of what they were owed by a subcontractor, according to Honduran worker Angelica Pinto.

U.S. Labor Department officials told them most didn’t qualify for protection under federal or state law.

An ordinance passed in Miami-Dade County last month, believed to be the first county law of its kind nationwide, now seeks to protect workers from wage theft who previously fell through the cracks.   Read full article here

 
REPRESENTING DAY LABORERS IN SOUTH DADE ON WAGE AND HOUR MATTERS, INCLUDING SUCCESSFUL USE OF CONSTRUCTION LIENS.

FLS/CJP has continued it’s support of the work of WeCount!, a human rights membership organization in Homestead, FL, in its efforts to advocate for the rights of day laborers.  FLS/CJP has provided support to WeCount by conducting regular “case reviews” regarding troublesome cases or recurring initiatives; consulting on local legislative and policy initiatives; and developing and helping to conduct “know your rights” workshops for WeCount!’s membership. FLS/CJP has also represented individual or small groups of low -wage workers  referred by WeCount in order to recover unpaid and under-paid wages.

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MIAMI HERALD EDITORIAL SUPPORTS WAGE THEFT ORDINANCE
Miami Herald Editorial  February 17, 2010        " STOP THE WAGE THEFT"
 

The hotel bellman worked without breaks for a 16-hour shift when he was asked, but didn't get the contracted gratuity in his paycheck.

A landscape subcontractor promised Guatemalan workers $100 a day for a week's work but disappeared on pay day.

People in low-paying jobs -- U.S.-born and migrants alike -- are overly susceptible to unscrupulous employers who exploit them, as the South Florida Wage Theft Task Force has found. . .   [Full article here]

 

 


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