Relevant federal offices and agencies:
Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of LaborRelevant laws:
The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. § 203)
Wage theft against U.S. workers exacerbates the long-run problem of low and stagnant wages. When companies commit wage theft, they impoverish families and deprive workers of the just compensation for their hard work, robbing workers of the value they contribute to economic growth and exacerbating economic inequality.
The odds that a low-wage worker will be illegally paid less than the minimum wage ranges from 10 percent to 22 percent, depending on overall economic conditions, and each violation costs that worker an average of 20 percent of the pay they deserve. Women, people of color,Read More »