Wage theft is defined as an employee not receiving the wages or benefits to which he or she is legally entitled. There are many ways that wage theft occurs.
Since 2006, the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) at Florida International University has been working with the Florida Wage Theft Task Force (WTTF) to create a database of wage violations collected by community organizations throughout Florida and, wage and hour violations reported by the U.S.
Wage Theft in Broward County:The Accumulating Evidence of a Spreading Illegal Anti-Business Practice
This report is part of a series of reports monitoring the growing problem of wage theft in Florida. Using previously analyzed data from the Federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and stories collected from various community organizations, this report shows evidence of a widespread problem in Broward County.
On February 18, 2010, Miami-Dade County commissioners voted 10 to 0 for the passage of the first county wide Wage Theft Ordinance in the country. This report examines wage theft cases collected by the Small Business Development, the county office assigned to administer the Wage Theft Program. The report finds that wage theft claims filed through Small Business Development have been increasing since the Wage Theft Ordinance passed in 2010.
Wage theft, or the lack of payment of a worker’s partial or full salary through systematic or unintentional action, is often experienced by migratory workers in the United States. Throughout the nation many cases go unreported due to workers’ lack of English skills or because of ignorance of basic labor rights and laws; others stay silent in order to avoid unwanted attention to their lack of legal migratory status.
The report finds that many of Florida’s workforce fall outside of federal labor laws; thus, other enforcement mechanisms such as Miami Dade’s Wage Theft Ordinance are needed to ensure that employees, communities, and local governments will not miss out on millions of stolen wages that are owed to them, and that unscrupulous employers will be penalized for breaking labor laws.The report estimates that nearly 60-90 million dollars are stolen from Florida’s workforce.
This report is the first in a series describing and exposing the extent of wage violations in the state of Florida. This project is an initiative of the Florida Wage Theft Task Force (WTTF) whose mission is to find solutions to and increase public awareness about wage violations experienced by Florida’s working men and women. The report is being released for a countywide day of action against wage theft that the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners is expected to declare to coincide with a
The report Wage Theft in Florida: A Real Problem with Real Solutions outlines five concrete solutions critical to reducing and eliminating wage and hour violations in the state of Florida. Some recommendations focus on existing laws and regulations while others propose to reform current legislation. Florida’s state and local governments, have a fundamental responsibility to protect Florida’s workers against wage and other workplace violations.
Wage theft is a growing problem across America and in Florida, as employers seek to cut costs. A recent survey by researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago found that two-thirds of workers surveyed experienced a pay violation in a given week. And in the last several years, at least 39 lawsuits have been filed against Wal-Mart, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in back wages paid to workers, for wage theft abuses such as erasing hours from workers time-cards, forcing employees to
We Count! was established in the Spring of 2006 as a multi-ethnic community organization based in Homestead, Florida. We Count! has worked to achieve social and economic justice by bringing immigrants and workers together to inform them about their civil and labor rights, and how to take actions that will improve their lives. Due to South Florida’s increasing numbers of immigrant laborers and the rise of unfair labor practices, threats and actual violent acts have been committed on day lab