A Widespread Problem
According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), between 2017 and 2020, over $3 billion was recovered for workers who experienced wage theft. Some of the largest companies in America are the perpetrators and they are most likely to stiff the employees who can least afford it. Low-paid workers, undocumented workers, and workers of color are most at risk for wage theft. What’s even more shocking is that despite being caught, many large companies continue to engage in wage theft. “Among the universe of large companies we examined, nearly 600 paid a penalty in multiple cases,” says a 2018 report by GoodJobsFirst.org which evaluated wage theft among Fortune 500 companies.
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