In a Wednesday Houston City Council vote, the country’s fourth largest city became the latest to crack down on “wage theft” – the crime of not paying your workers the wages they’re legally owed. It’s a crime that advocates have long charged often goes unpunished.
“It’s very significant …” said Kim Bobo, the author of the 2008 book “Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Americans Are Not Getting Paid – And What We Can Do About It,” which played a key role in popularizing the term. “If you can win it in Houston, you can win it in Atlanta or Dallas.” She told Salon the victory shows that wage theft “is not just something that people in those cities like Chicago and New York and San Francisco care about. This is something that’s of wide concern in cities throughout the South.”