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Exposing Wage Theft Without Fear is Possible and Necessary

Noreen Ahmed National Employment Law Project
To tackle the problem of wage theft, which almost always places on workers the burden and risk of coming forward to report violations, we have to address the problem of retaliation.

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Elder Care Homes Rake in Profits as Workers Earn a Pittance

Jennifer Gollan Associated Press
Residential senior care homes profit handsomely by paying their workers poverty wages. The profit margins can be huge and, for violators of labor laws, hinge on the widespread exploitation of thousands of caretakers, many of them poor

Drug Patients Forced to Work for Exxon, Shell and Walmart for Free

Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter Al Jazeera
Cenikor, a nationally renowned drug rehabilitation program. Cenikor, a nationally renowned drug rehabilitation program, has forced patients struggling with addiction to work for free for more than 300 for-profit companies, including some of the nation’s largest, most likely in violation of federal labor law.

Corporate Wage Theft

Branko Marcetic Jacobin
An eye-opening new report has documented billions of dollars of corporate theft from workers. The government is turning a blind eye.

Which L.A. Employers Are Accused of Stealing Paychecks?

Lata Pandya, Marie Targonski-O’Brien KCET
workers demonstrating Los Angeles is the wage theft capital of the United States. Workers here lose $26 million to wage theft every week according to the UCLA Labor Center. The crime has major impacts on local economies. It decreases taxable income, lowers wage standards, and in California alone is estimated to cost the state $7 billion in lost payroll taxes.

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How Trump Made Wage Theft Routine

Eric Cortellessa The American Prospect
“The Trump administration’s rhetoric on immigration and its approach to enforcement have made immigrant communities obviously fearful in a new way,” says Laura Huizar, a staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project. “This is going to prevent a lot people from filing wage complaints that they otherwise would have.”

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Workers, Businesses Back Proposal to Stop Wage Theft

Barb Kucera Workday Minnesota
About 39,000 Minnesota workers suffer from wage theft each year, resulting in $11.9 million in wages owed, and that's only what goes reported. The union-backed Wage Theft Initiative proposes policy changes to give the state Department of Labor and Industry more enforcement tools and an increased budget.

Stealing Labor

Anita Sinha Colorlines
We acknowledge that many workers do not get what they have earned. Interlaced with vulnerability and structural racism, the rampant rate of wage theft is one of the lesser known labor violations that far too many low-wage workers endure.
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