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Wage Theft

Why Department of Labor Pick Puzder is a Threat to Women

Linda Meric | Posted 01.24.2017 | Women
Linda Meric

Working women and our families saw important gains under the leadership of the Obama Administration's Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Secretary Hi...

Donald Trump Reportedly Considering Fast Food CEO For Labor Secretary

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics

President-elect Donald Trump famously loves fast food. But does he love it enough to put a fast-food executive in charge of the Labor Department? On F...

How Elaine Chao's Labor Department Failed To Protect Low-Wage Workers

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics

Watchdogs with the Government Accountability Office set up a sneaky test for the Labor Department in 2008. They wanted to know how well the agency was...

Tackling Wage Theft in Silicon Valley

Ruth Starkman | Posted 11.29.2016 | Technology
Ruth Starkman

Let's say you're poor, live in Silicon Valley, and are employed at a local pizza franchise. To make ends meet in this insanely over-priced environment...

New Rule From Obama Will Punish Contractors Who Cheat Or Endanger Workers

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics

With its time in the White House winding down, the Obama administration plans to add yet another executive order to its list on Wednesday ― one that...

Waiters Score Big Win Against Industry Effort To Pocket Their Tips

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.18.2016 | Business

Pam Walter took a job as a banquet server at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula, Montana, in 2006. At first, she was paid an hourly wage plus a share o...

Wage Theft Discovered Inside The Senate

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics

If members of Congress want to learn more about wage theft, they should talk to some of the low-wage workers who serve them meals. The Labor Departmen...

The Difference Between 'I'm a Businessman' Trump and the Domino's Owners Who Stole Wages? Not Much

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Yes, Donald Trump is a businessman. But that word doesn't mean the same thing to everyone. He uses it as an excuse for things he's done and said, the details of which continue to emerge--as this week's revelation on his company's tax evasion makes clear.

Domino's Accused Of Fraud and 'Systemic Wage Theft' By New York State

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business

The attorney general of New York filed a lawsuit against Domino's on Tuesday, accusing the pizza giant of systematically shorting workers' pay. Fast-f...

Fair Wages Now: Why Immigrant Women Workers Are Paying for It Every Week

Marissa Nuncio | Posted 04.06.2016 | Los Angeles
Marissa  Nuncio

Los Angeles' wage increase to $15 an hour by 2020 is an important victory. But that is four years in the future. Wage theft, however, is an entrenched system of doing business today.

Supreme Court Hands A Major Victory To Workers Who Were Stiffed On Overtime Pay

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of thousands of meatpacking workers at a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa who banded together and s...

Democrats Roll Out Plan To Tackle Wage Theft

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics

Democrats in Congress say it's time to crack down on wage theft. On Wednesday, three lawmakers introduced a proposal aimed at discouraging unscrupulou...

Using Temp Workers? You're On The Hook For How They're Treated

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

Companies looking to dodge labor law by outsourcing work to other companies are officially on notice. On Wednesday, the Labor Department issued new gu...

Ten of the Best Things That Happened to American Workers in 2015

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 12.30.2016 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Historians may remember 2015 as the year of the minimum wage -- and for good reason. Twenty-one states and multiple cities raised the minimum wage in the past 12 months. The past year also saw other major advances for working Americans.

Papa John's Franchisee Gets Jail Time For Wage Theft

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business

The owner of several Papa John's franchises in New York City will serve 60 days in jail for failing to pay his workers the minimum wage and overtime, ...

Why Is Tyson Foods Still Stealing from its Workers?

Catherine Ruckelshaus | Posted 11.13.2016 | Business
Catherine Ruckelshaus

A recent Iowa jury found that the company's wage theft amounted to 5.8 million dollars for 3,000 Iowa workers over just two years. This follows decades of cases, court orders and USDOL investigations finding that the company owed millions to its workers.

Thousands Of Workers Who Were Shorted On Overtime Pay Are Headed To The Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

Workers who band together to sue their employers over wage theft or discrimination are about to have their biggest day in court in years. On Tuesday, ...

A Landmark Year for Important Policy

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 11.02.2016 | Politics
Toni G. Atkins

"Landmark legislation" is a term that gets thrown around pretty easily in political circles, but many of the bills passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year live up to that lofty description.

Wage Theft Comes to America: The Facts That Drive the Sanders Revolt

Les Leopold | Posted 10.27.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

Employers and their Wall Street backers have developed sophisticated legal ways to remove dollars that should be in our paychecks. And not just a few dollars, but about half of what we've earned. To explose this hidden larceny, we need to understand the concept of productivity and how we measure it in our economy.

Papa John's Stores To Dish Up Half Million Dollars In Wage Theft Case

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business

Four current and former Papa John's franchisees have agreed to pay out nearly $500,000 to New York workers in order to settle a wage theft investigati...

IWJ Wins Bradford O'Neil Award for Social Justice From Dominican University

Rudy López | Posted 09.30.2016 | Religion
Rudy López

Good afternoon everyone. It is a real honor to be here with you today. I know it's a Tuesday but I want to take us to church for a minute.

Pope and People: On Shaping the Future

Joerg Rieger | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Joerg Rieger

It is easy to predict that the visit of Pope Francis to the United States of America this week will go down in history. But will it be able to change the future?

Victory for Home-Care Workers

Rudy López | Posted 08.27.2016 | Politics
Rudy López

All labor has dignity, especially when it enhances the well-being of the sick among us. Protecting the rights of home care workers is to defend the dignity of not only the worker, but the patient as well.

Wage Theft Harms All of Us

Hilda L. Solis | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Hilda L. Solis

Not paying someone what they are owed is akin to stealing out of their pockets. Wage theft is a crime. And this crime disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable members of our society. Enforcing these laws is not only good economic policy, but also simply the right thing to do.

Grand Theft Automated

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Exposés like the Times' series on nail salon workers, and the other investigative research that came before it, can help shift consciousness. But what's also required is a power shift. A true transformation will require a broad social movement with the power to bring government back on the side of working families.