Wage Theft Resources – New from NELP!
A defining feature of too many jobs in our 21st-century economy is wage theft.
Wage theft occurs when workers are paid less than the minimum wage or another agreed-upon rate, work “off-the-clock” without pay, get paid less than time-and-a-half for overtime, have their tips stolen, have illegal deductions taken out of their paychecks, are misclassified as “independent contractors” instead of employees, or are simply not paid at all.
It’s a trend that spans industries across the economy, including retail, restaurant, home health care, domestic work, manufacturing, construction, day labor, janitorial, security, dry cleaning, laundry, car wash, and nail salons.
And it’s a practice that hurts not only workers whose wages are short-changed, but local economies that are fueled by workers’ spending, and well-meaning businesses that are forced to compete with wage cheats that shave their operating costs by breaking the law.
Luckily, there’s another trend – a wave of grassroots energy and campaigns on the state and local levels to ensure that workers get paid the wages they're owed. From California to Arkansas to Florida to Maryland, workers and their allies are organizing to pass – and defend – policies that help workers receive their lawful wages, level the playing field for law-abiding businesses, and boost the economy at the same time.
To support these campaigns, in January 2011, NELP released “Winning Wage Justice,” a comprehensive guide outlining 28 state and city best-practice policies that community groups can implement to fight wage theft.
Continuing our “Winning Wage Justice” series, NELP is pleased to share these new publications:
Especially in today's economy, it's critically important to protect the fundamental right to be paid for the work that you do. We hope these publications prove useful in your campaigns and your work!