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Overtime Wage Theft Complaints Soar

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Not only are corporations sitting on more than $1 trillion in cash and refusing to hire workers, now it appears employers who are making fewer workers do even more aren’t paying their overtime wages.

The number of overtime wage theft complaints, filed by workers in the first half of this year, matches last year’s total filed under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a new report. Those complaints logged by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division are just the tip of the iceberg.  

As James Sunshine of The Huffington Post reports:

In a report cataloging wage violations in New York City, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) found that 77 percent of the study's surveyed low-wage workers who had worked more than 40 hours in one week did not receive their required overtime pay; the number rises to 93 percent for workers who worked more than 10 hours in one day.

Click here for more from Sunshine and here for more from NELP. In June the Progressive States Network reported 44 states have little to no protection on the books against wage theft. Read more here. More information on Interfaith Worker Justice’s (IWJ's) local wage theft campaigns is available here.

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