Frequently Asked Questions About Wage Theft
Here are some of the frequently asked questions about wage theft to give you more information:
- What is wage theft? This occurs when workers do not receive their legally or contractually promised wages. Forms of wage theft include no overtime pay or not paying a worker at all.
- What laws are broken in wage theft cases? It is a violation of the air Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which provides for a federal minimum wage and allows states to set their own (higher) minimum wage, and requires employers to pay time and a half for all hours worked above 40 hours per week.
- In what types of workplace or industry does wage theft occur? Wage theft is endemic, and no group of workers is immune, including workers earning good wages. Agriculture, poultry processing, janitorial services, restaurant work, garment manufacturing, long term care, home health care and retail are the industries with the most reported cases of wage theft.