Two billion dollars in stolen wages were recovered for workers in 2015 and 2016—and that’s just a drop in the bucket

January 23, 2018

 

In 2015 and 2016, a total of $2 billion in stolen wages ($880.3 million in 2015; $1.1 billion in 2016) were recovered for workers by the U.S. Department of Labor ($246.8 million in 2015; $266.6 million in 2016); by state departments of labor and attorneys general in 39 states ($170.0 million in 2015; $147.5 million in 2016); and through class action settlements ($463.6 million in 2015; $695.5 million in 2016). These represent wages stolen by employers who, for example, refuse to pay promised wages, pay employees for only some of the hours worked, or fail to pay overtime premiums when employees work more than 40 hours in a week.

 

"Two billion dollars in stolen wages were recovered for workers in 2015 and 2016—and that’s just a drop in the bucket," Economic Policy Institute, http://www.epi.org/publication/two-billion-dollars-in-stolen-wages-were-recovered-for-workers-in-2015-and-2016-and-thats-just-a-drop-in-the-bucket/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=6c6e719f1f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-6c6e719f1f-59318541&mc_cid=6c6e719f1f&mc_eid=eae75c6fc6 (accessed January 23, 2018).

 

 

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