In the past year we have helped workers recover $83,602 in earned wages. All of these workers experienced some type of wage theft. We here at Young Workers United strive to help workers not only be knowledgeable in the different forms of wage theft, but to also stand against it. These workers made the courageous decision to come forward and ask for help. We witnessed many of these workers gain the confidence to confront their boss and tell their story.
What is Wage Theft?
Wage Theft is the illegal withholding of wages or the denial of benefits that are rightfully owed to an employee.
Types of wage theft:
- Not getting paid
- Unlawful deductions
- Paid incorrectly for overtime hours –> Anything over 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week is paid at time and a half, for example if you make an hourly wage of $12.25 you should be paid $18.37 for overtime (12.25 x 1.5 = $18.37)
- Not given 10 minute break after 4 hours of work
- Not given 30 minute unpaid meal break after 5 hours of work
- Receiving a check that bounces
- Not receiving final paycheck –> If you are fired you should get your check that same day
- Not receiving correct amount of tips
Do you think you may be or have been a victim of Wage Theft?
If so, please contact us at our office!