Some California immigrants hesitate to report wage theft

Luna Ruth
“Wage theft is a form of fraud,” and happens when employers do not pay workers according to the law, according to the California Department of Industrial Relations.

Have you intentionally been denied work breaks, vacation or sick leave time at work? Have your tips been withheld by a business owner or manager? 

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then you may be a victim of wage theft.

“Wage theft is a form of fraud” and happens when employers do not pay workers according to the law, according to the California Department of Industrial Relations.

Who is most affected by wage theft? 

The Labor Commissioner’s Office has referred more than 15,000 wage claims to a hearing over the last two years, but resolved only half that number, KQED reported.

There were 32,000 new cases filed in 2018 and 19,000 in 2021, a possible pandemic effect given businesses were shutting down and/or workers probably feared losing their jobs if they complained, KQED reported. 


https://www.recordnet.com/story/business/employment/2022/03/27/some-californians-who-experience-wage-theft-hesitant-report-how-to-file-wage-theft-claim/7172855001/

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