Organizers support city anti-wage theft proposal

Ian Pajer-Rogers |

 by Fatima Hussein

Cincinnati City Council is one step closer to enacting an ordinance on stopping wage theft on economic development projects supported by the city.

Six members of  City Council voted Monday to support a measure that would apply to any developer that gets a financial incentive (in tax incentives, grants or loans) from the city worth more than $25,000.

"Treating people like slaves is wrong," said Councilman Christopher Smitherman. "This is so egregious."

Wage theft occurs when employer refusing to pay workers money that they are owed by withholding pay, tips or overtime.

Vice Mayor David Mann submitted the ordinance last week and dozens of people wearing green armbands filled Council Chambers Monday in support of the ordinance.

Several workers who spoke through a translator testified about instances in Cincinnati where they were cheated out of earnings by local employers.

"It is an epidemic across the country. affecting every many industries," said Manuel Perez, with the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center.

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