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+ - How Employers Get Out of Paying Their Workers

HughPickens.com writes: We love to talk about crime in America and usually the rhetoric is focused on the acts we can see: bank heists, stolen bicycles and cars, alleyway robberies. But Zachary Crockett writes at Pricenomics that wage theft one of the more widespread crimes in our country today — the non-payment of overtime hours, the failure to give workers a final check upon leaving a job, paying a worker less than minimum wage, or, most flagrantly, just flat out not paying a worker at all. Most commonly, wage theft comes in the form of overtime violations. In a 2008 study, the Center for Urban Economic Development surveyed 4,387 workers in low-wage industries and found that some 76% of full-time workers were not paid the legally required overtime rate by their employers and the average worker with a violation had put in 11 hours of overtime—hours that were either underpaid or not paid at all. Nearly a quarter of the workers in the sample came in early and/or stayed late after their shift during the previous work week. Of these workers, 70 percent did not receive any pay at all for the work they performed outside of their regular shift. In total, unfairly withheld wages in these three cities topped $3 billion. Generalizing this for the rest of the U.S.’s low-wage workforce (some 30 million people), researchers estimate that wage theft could be costing Americans upwards of $50 billion per year.

Last year, the Economic Policy Institute made what is, to date, the most ambitious attempt to quantify the extent of reported wage theft in the U.S.and determined that “the total amount of money recovered for the victims of wage theft who retained private lawyers or complained to federal or state agencies was at least $933 million.” Obviously, the nearly $1 billion collected is only the tip of the wage-theft iceberg, since most victims never sue and never complain to the government. Commissioner Su of California says wage theft has harmed not just low-wage workers. “My agency has found more wages being stolen from workers in California than any time in history,” says Su. “This has spread to multiple industries across many sectors. It’s affected not just minimum-wage workers, but also middle-class workers.”

Comment: Re:Who are the real jerks here? (Score 1) 612 612

That is quite possible but no, I'm not giving up a thing. FWIW my political stance nowdays is that the question is no longer about left vs right. Instead its about 1% vs 99%... hence support for Bernie. He's already breaking some funding records, over 4 mil from small donors so far as we speak

Comment: Re:It's the same old lies from these H1B advocates (Score 1) 612 612

Yes, especially when some or all of said product was made overseas by a supposedly US corporation. I become deeply ashamed of such purchases. But then again, my ENTIRE INDUSTRY was offshored back in the 80's for the most part. The only guys left stateside are the specialty niche players and the extremely innovative. So innovative that 2 men now do the jobs of hundreds. Some 60,000 factories have gone bye-bye... so yeah, I know about the effects of cheaper purchases.

Comment: Re:Who are the real jerks here? (Score 1) 612 612

I've noticed that soclopaths can't seem to tell the difference between jealousy and anger. For some reason they also seem to need black-letter law for guidance, instead of morals.

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Comment: Re:Sanders amazes me (Score 1) 395 395

Sure. Vote 'em out. Politicians should not be so easily corruptible (which is why I support publically funded campaigns and term limits) .But what about the ones who are *doing the corrupting*? Just let them off scot free? I don't think so... unfortunately the SEC and the FED is so thoroughly compromised as to be worthless.

Comment: Re:Ireland will love this (Score 1) 825 825

+5, insightful (although I admit bias as a US skilled blue-collar worker).

Unfortunately I doubt they will ever do away with these so-called free trade agreements for the simple reason that there's so much money being made. It the corporate lobbyists that write those things.

+ - Police officer suspended for slapping citizen for refusing a warrantless search 6 6

schwit1 writes: This story demonstrates why it is becoming essential for every citizen to begin recording their interactions with the police every single time.

Yesterday police were contacted in regard to a video posted online which appeared to show an inappropriate interaction between an on-duty member of the Sheriff’s Office and a civilian, resulting from a suspicious vehicle complaint in the Town of Halfmoon.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified and interviewed all parties involved in the interaction and as a result, the police officer has been suspended without pay effective immediately, pending the outcome of the investigation and possible disciplinary action.

Make sure you watch the video. It is very clear that the officer did not know he was being recorded. It is also clear to me that his behavior in this situation was not unusual, that this police officer is quite used to using violence to get his way, regardless of the law. Had the recording not existed, however, he would not have been suspended, and would not be likely to lose his job.

The recording did exist, however, which has forced the Saratoga police force to take action.

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