At least 50 cities have declared November 18th a “Day Against Wage Theft” as part of a national effort to draw attention to the impact of
wage theft on communities throughout the country.
As stated in a recent report by the Research Institute for Social and Economic
Policy at Florida International University:
“Wage theft is when workers are paid below the minimum wage, not
paid for overtime, forced to work off the clock, have their time cards
altered, are misclassified as independent contractors, or are simply not
paid a wage for work performed.”
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), is intended to protect against “wage theft” and is
applicable to virtually all employers. The FLSA requires that workers
be paid minimum wage and unless exempt, compensated for overtime at a
rate of one and one-half times their regular rate of pay. Despite such
provisions, many employers violate the FLSA and seek ways to avoid paying
employees all the compensation they are entitled to.
Although commonly wage theft affects low-wage and immigrant workers, it
can apply to nearly all professions including law, accounting, health
care, food services, and social assistance industries.
When “wage theft” occurs, not only do workers suffer, but
so do the communities as a result of residents having less money to put
back into the economy through the purchase of basic necessities such as
food, clothing and housing.
As Georgia employment law attorneys dedicated to protecting employee’s
rights, we support the “Day Against Wage Theft” campaign raising
awareness about this critical issue. For more information, or if you believed
your employer has failed to pay you all the compensation due,
contact The Buckley Law Firm, LLC to find out how we can help.