Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Petition: Help Stop Wage Theft

(By Interfaith Worker Justice at

Each year billions of dollars are stolen from millions of American workers as a result of wage theft.

Wage theft takes many forms: Non-payment of overtime, not giving workers their last paycheck after a worker leaves a job, forcing workers to work off the clock, not paying minimum wage, and even not paying a worker at all. Workers’ wages are also stolen when they are misclassified by their employers as independent contractors and lose protections that workers have.

Workers who have had their legal wages stolen by employers often are forced to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table. Wage theft robs the government of needed tax income, which can lead to cutbacks in vital services.

Wage theft puts ethical employers at a competitive disadvantage and can destroy community businesses, since working families cannot spend wages they earned but never received.

Wage theft occurs in every income-tax bracket, in every industry, and in every state, but there is a solution – and you can help.

National legislation to prevent wage theft and worker misclassification must be passed. Members of congress need to hear from you now!

Stand with workers and help make sure workers are paid what they’ve earned by supporting national legislation to prevent wage theft.

Sign the petition supporting national legislation to prevent wage theft.

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