WASHINGTON (VR) – Employers are stealing billions of dollars from their employees by wage theft, according to Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, and author of Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans are not Getting Paid-and What We Can Do About It.
Bobo said wage theft manifests itself in several ways: unpaid overtime, off the clock work, loss of tips and payroll fraud, to name a few.
Employers pressure low wage workers to work before and after they clock in. Or in restaurants, employers don't pay their workers the tips they've earned, especially if the tip is left on the credit card. The Economic Policy Foundation estimates workers are deprived of up to $19 billion in unpaid overtime.